I hope this is the right forum for this (seems like it should be). So I (finally) finished revising a short story and intend to submit it to a particular contest. The reason for this is because I first wrote the story in a "writing commercial fiction" class at my college, and my teacher specifically said that that contest is "the place for my story" and that it was a career maker if you win. The thing is, my teacher in that class also just so happened to be a very well known (arguably famous) author. So the online submission form for the contest wants me to write in how I heard about the contest. Should I say that it was recommended to me by "famous author," which could theoretically encourage a more serious look and start the judge off in a good mood (and might make a slight difference)? But most importantly, it would also be totally honest. On the other hand, such "name dropping" could be seen as pandering, or be an assumed lie. With the online applications just now opening up (they used to only accept mailed in manuscripts), I expect they'll get flooded by poor quality submissions just because they're now so much easier to send (and you avoid the cost of shipping); so they might be inclined to take any excuse to weed out as many submissions as possible. So my "name drop" could either be an excuse to weed it out from the get go, or something that actually prevents it from being weeded out. Also, if I'm right, and they're getting flooded with on-line submissions, maybe it would be smarter to send via mail which may dodge the "some guy deleting every other submission without looking at them" filter that I'm probably just imagining. Alternately, maybe I'm just thinking way too hard about this. Since the judges don't actually see the submission form (to prevent bias if they recognize the author's name), I should just trust the system to be fair, write whatever in the "how did you here about us?" box, and just send the darn thing.