Dear Haiku Maven, I recently discovered that a small check I had received for winning second place in a haiku contest has bounced, incurring a larger fee from my account. The organization is legitimate, although apparently suffering from a severe lack of funding. This has never happened to me before. How do I go about approaching the organization? Or do I just chalk it up to experience and move on? Out of Cash
Haiku Maven does not believe that contest winners should subsidize haiku contest organizers for their monetary mishaps. If you were charged a fee to enter your haiku in this contest, the bank fee charged to you for the contest’s bounced check is doubly egregious. Please write to the contest organizer(s) and include a copy of the fee charged by your bank in your correspondence. At a minimum you should be reimbursed by the contest for the bank fee. Although you could “chalk it up to experience and move on” Haiku Maven advises you to sound the alarm. Doing so will provide the contest organizers with the opportunity to reimburse you and possibly save a future contest winner from a similar unpleasant experience. The contest organizers also will be in a better position to decide if the contest should run this year. Perhaps a hiatus for this haiku contest is called for until the contest coffers are replenished.
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