Clearly, one of the talked about methods of building a potential reputation is through entering, winning, getting an HM or being a runner-up in an internationally recognised short story competition. I note though, that while a good proportion are free - a larger proportion are not. By way of advice, does anyone have first hand knowledge of how reliable these competitions are? Are they a money making scheme or are they fair ways to pay for the prize-pool? Larger comps like the L R H Writers of the Future obviously have wide acclaim, but what about others? Does anyone know of a reliable way to track down good, well regarded competitions without getting fleeced?