It probably is, but I've decided to go for a few. How much money would you consider reasonable to spend on writing contests? And it's fine if the number is zero for you, but I am really looking to get a feel for average cost so I can look at my budget and fit this in. So far I entered one and the cost was $21. I've seen some that are less to enter, but I also want to make sure they are legit (like backed by a university or have a long-standing reputation). But I can see how this might add up quick. If anyone's got some experience to share, that would be great.