Posted on 06/16/2021 at 09:37 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Writer Beware has a lengthy post up about new sources of concern from a previously flagged company.

Victoria Strauss became aware of City Limits Publishing last fall, when an author reached out with questions about its writing contest’s terms and conditions.

CLP has, since then, removed the troublesome clause from its general publishing contracts, but Strauss has continued to see and hear issues regarding the company.

Check out Writer Beware’s post on City Limits Publishing for more on authors’ concerns and for the owner’s response to criticisms — as well as Strauss’s suggestion of how authors can evaluate publishers and avoid “questionable situations.”

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I also won one of their contests in 2020. They published my poem in one of their anthologies, and they never paid me nor gave me the rights to my poem back despite numerous followup on my part. I guess I can kiss that money goodbye.
D.L. Lang | 07/17/2021 at 06:32 PM
I had the same experience with an earlier competition. City Limits seems to be insolvent. If not, it could prove it by paying my prize money, sending my author copies and refunding my entry fee for a later competition that has not even been judged. If it is insolvent, it should not continue to trade. Where I come from, this is termed "wrongful trading" and is illegal.
Sandra Srivastava | 06/28/2021 at 07:00 AM
I won two prizes in CLP's 'Inspiration' contest at the beginning of the year (hundreds of pounds worth) and they haven't paid a dime to me. Now they just ignore my emails. Should've suspected something was wrong when I saw the state of the books. Looks like Stevie Wonder formatted them.
Ryan Coull | 06/20/2021 at 07:06 AM
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