Continuing the series of Frequently Asked Questions about the West Virginia Writers, Inc., Annual Writing Competitions. To see all of the questions, please click HERE.
QUESTION: I always wrestle with the blurb, "a
work will be considered published." If I had a story picked up for a
literary anthology e-book, is that considered published? I seriously
doubt they sold (or gave away) 1,000 copies. Also, if I had a story picked up for an on-line journal is that considered published? There's soooo many these days.
ANSWER: According to the updated 2014 rules for the contest, in both of the instances you mention the work would
be considered published. Mainly because even online publication is
considered publication depending on the potential number of views a work might get. Even with low circulation numbers for a given work, WVW has no way to
verify those numbers. Same for self-published books. They may not have
1000 in sales, but if they're available on Amazon then the world-wide potential for over 1000 people to see it is there.