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Ask Duotrope: Contests

Is it possible to tell if a person has any chance at winning a contest? I sometimes wonder if it’s worth my money to enter. Are the prizes financed by the aggregated entry fees? Is there any way to increase one’s chances of winning? 

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Simultaneous Submissions: A Definitive Guide

What are Simultaneous Submissions?
If you submit a piece to more than one publication at the same time, you have sent simultaneous submissions. It doesn’t matter if they were sent at the same time. What matters is that multiple publications are considering the piece at the same time (simultaneously).