Re: 3rd annual SELF contest legit?
I tried googling it. All I found were links to various announcements of the contest and how to enter.
I didn't see anyone complaining that they paid their money and there was no contest. I also didn't see any reports of previous winners.
From looking at the contest website it seems the $50 fee puts you in the running for winning what I recall was a pretty substantial load of cash. Of course chances of being that winner depend on how many other artists enter and how the judges like their art in comparison to yours
Spending your five bucks to play he super-mega-jackpot lotto puts you in the running to win a share of 5 quintillion dollars.
Bottom line, it seems legit to me, but fairly low prestige.