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 The winners of this contest were supposed to be announced on their website "on or about" October 1, but as of today (10/24) the most recent post on their site is dated 4/13, and it just announces a new contest.
Anyone know anything about this outfit? The contest was  on this Blueboard in January, so I assumed they're legit, but now I'm wondering ...
#1 - October 24, 2021, 08:42 PM
« Last Edit: October 24, 2021, 08:44 PM by paula-morrow »

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They changed it to "in October" (maybe in an email?) so they still have a few more days.
#2 - October 25, 2021, 05:10 AM
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Thanks, Laurel!
#3 - October 25, 2021, 09:41 AM

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 :curtsy  You're welcome.
(Sorry I don't have any useful information for you.)

#4 - October 25, 2021, 09:55 AM

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Now it says " at the end of October 2021..and the participants will be notified by email at that time."
#5 - October 25, 2021, 02:26 PM

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Just a note: Any member can post on the site. We do not vet all contests and other material posted. If the post was made by the SCBWI home office, it will have been vetted, but otherwise, do your research.

That said, thank you for the reminder about this. I had forgotten about my submission.
#6 - October 25, 2021, 06:33 PM
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The contest was  on this Blueboard in January, so I assumed they're legit, but now I'm wondering ...

Paula, we aren't able to vet each individual post for legitimacy. https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=41123.0

The thread linked above mainly pertains to being careful before you sign contracts, but in the beginning of the first post, Verla states that neither SCBWI nor the Blueboard endorse or vet anyone offering a service, prize, etc., other than for adherence to our general rules. It's on each individual to do their own research, always.

ETA: Here's a post specifically about vetting contests: https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=23570.0#new

#7 - October 25, 2021, 07:21 PM
« Last Edit: October 26, 2021, 08:26 AM by mrh »
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Congrats to all the winners! I recognize a few names from SCBWI. :congratswave
#9 - October 31, 2021, 03:33 AM

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Just to add, in response to Paula and others who may have had concerns about the Astra contest, Astra Publishing House is the company of which Astra Young Readers (formerly Boyds Mills Press), Calkins Creek, Wordsong, Kane Press (where I work), minedition, and Hippo Park make up the Astra BFYR children's division. We are legit.!
#10 - October 31, 2021, 10:41 AM
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