Should I pay to enter a contest?
Whether or not you feel comfortable entering a contest with a fee is up to you. Most contests for kids do not charge an entry fee. Most of the ones that do are writing contests, and usually this is labeled as a "reading fee". In general, if a contest requires a fee for entry, it is probably to offset the costs of running a website, as well as to possibly fund the cash prize, if there is one.
In order to determine if you should pay an entry fee for a contest, try to compare the cost of the fee versus the amount of the prize. If the fee is five dollars, for example, but the first prize is $500, the the five dollars is only one percent of the prize money. This doesn't sound too unfair.
As a general rule, an entry fee for a kids' contest of any kind shouldn't be more than $15, and even that is high. Again, most kids' contests won't charge any fee.
Don't feel obligated to enter any contest that does charge a fee. There are many, many contests for kids that do not ask for any entry fees at all. For a complete listing of all current contests for kids, please visit the home page and click on the contest link that interests you. Almost all contests on our site are completely free to enter.