I received an email from them this morning, congratulating me on my nomination for their "Best Story Award." This was followed by a link to submit my entry. Of course that raised all kinds of red flags. A quick scan of their site showed a hodgepodge of articles on the front page. Their contest page listed monthly contests with the words FREE TO ENTER in large font at the top.

But lo, when I clicked on the link in the email, this brought me to a page where I could purchase an entry for $14.95. And the prizes? A "distinguished award seal" for monthly winners. A "victory trophy" for yearly winners, and a listing in their Hall of Fame.

Foz Meadows received the same email, and she has a useful thread analyzing the operation: