New York Literary Magazine: A Series of Unfortunate Events

I know several people who got this ‘nomination’ email. None of them fell for it.

shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows

It’s not every day that I’m indirectly accused of ruining someone’s business, but 2017 has been a hell of a year.

On Christmas Day, I – along with many other writers in the SFF community – received an email from something called the New York Literary Magazine, informing me that I’d been nominated for their Best Story Award. For a number of reasons, both the email and the site to which it directed me pinged as fishy, not least because nominees were directed to pay a submission fee in order to be eligible for the award itself. In response, I ended up writing this Twitter thread about it. Many other writers chimed in – some of whom had paid the fee, most of whom had not – and the whole thing was quickly reported to Writer Beware as a scam, or at the very least as an operation to be…

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3 responses to “New York Literary Magazine: A Series of Unfortunate Events

  1. Time and time again I’ve seen shiny noob writers posting on various groups about how they’ve had a poem accepted by This/That/Some Magazine of Grandiose Promises. It’s a horrid scam played out time and time again on vulnerable wannabes. Nastiness with roots in Hell.
    All Beware!

  2. Oh yes, I got this one. I put it into my spam folder and then fetched popcorn when I saw not only that someone had started a thread there, but that the people had been stupid enough to comment on it…

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