I have to admit I am guilty of this as well as many others. A writer friend of yours asks you to vote for their story, poem or book in a contest. Without hesitation you follow the link and place your vote without reading or even looking at the other entries. I have done this with the intentions of helping a friend and hopes of the favor being returned one day. Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen often.
Despite this fact, I detest contests where you choose the winner. I think they show a lot of bias. If you’re not popular enough, what’s the point of entering. Now, I’m not saying every person falls in this category, but let’s face it. A lot of writers do.
I have entered a few contests where judges didn’t exist and the most votes wins. The votes I received were from friends. I can only recall one maybe two times where I received votes from someone I didn’t know. I feel this can be unfair for someone like me. I’ve been published several times but are not widely known by most writers. So, how could I beat the odds? Not enter at all unless the winners are chosen by judges and not by popular vote.
Do you think contests by popular vote are fair for all writers? Do you enter them?