What is your opinion of this competion and its "prize?"
well, let's look.
The prize is a trip to NYC (yay!) and a meeting with four editors or agents.
Oh, and you'll get a publishing package from a ...wait, wait, wait..Outskirts Press?
Wtf? Who are they? Oh...uh huh. POD on a stick. Yummy.
But I don't get this: why are you meeting with editors and agents if your work will be published (and thus unavailble to be published by say..the editor's house).
And which editors/agents?
They sure haven't asked me.
How much does it cost to enter?
$15 for each ms.
Ok, let's do some math.
Figure 10,000 entries (and heck, we had 100 on the crapomter in 72 hours so I know 10,000 is a reasonable number).
$150,000 gross. Less some prize money, and a trip to NYC ($30,000). That's $120,000 to open some envelopes...and do they even say send in an SASE for a response? if no, it's just open, scan, shred...man, I'm in the wrong business.
It's not quite bait and switch cause they'll probably do exactly what they say. But if you have dreams of Binky Urban or Esther Newberg taking you to lunch at Michael's and signing you to a multi book deal, you're clearly cut out to be a novelist cause you have a great imagination.
It's probably not a scam in the true sense of what a scam is: what it is, is bunk. These people will PROFIT from your closely held dream that your work is fabulous and it will be like a ray of light in the mailbag. Everyone believes that to be true of their work. EVERYONE. These people know that. They're going to turn a profit next quarter knowing that.
Will it do you any good to enter? Probably not.
Will it hurt you? Probably not?
It's like buying a $15 raffle ticket for a chance at a prize of three days in New York. Of course, when Miss Snark buys a raffle ticket, the proceeds benefit the good works of the Sisters of Perpetual Prada; here it's benefiting the profit margin of Writers Digest. Sister Snark is not amused.