Um, yeah, NO. Mostly because of this sentence in the terms and conditions:
Entries become sole property of Sponsor and none will be acknowledged or returned.
I encourage everyone to boost this, please don’t let anyone you know who writes fic to enter this contest.
For my fic writing friends.
It’s incredible that this is a promotion about how Entertainment Weekly has literally zero idea how fanfiction actually works.
“Write us a piece of fanfiction – don’t post it anywhere, so no one knows you wrote it – and we’re going to repost it as some dope hetero 50-Shades sexing, claim all credit and recognition, edit it if we want to, and completely ignore the fact that fanfic, in itself, is not actually okay with most original content holders. LET ALONE profiting off of it. Which is what we’d be doing – selling fucking magazines off the work you gave us for free you absolute sucker. Also here’s a screencap of the greatest example of fanfic bastardization and bullshit profiteering in history thus far.”
Get. Away. From. My. Writers.
Get the fuck away from my writers.
Don’t let your friends do this. Protect fanartists at all costs.
Nope. Nope nope nope. Noping away from this as fast as possible. Fuck you EW.
Somebody at EW is profoundly unclear on the concept. Several somebodies. NUMEROUS somebodies. On numerous counts.
Writers: NEVER give any publisher all rights in your work. NEVER EVER.
Another gross attempt by major companies to Capitalize our fanart for free. I’ve seen it getting more and more apparent, and it’s bad enough that the contests they run have pathetically small prizes for how much profit they’ll make off of peoples’ hard work and creative endeavors- but this is a new level of low.