I just read about the Modern Quilt Guild challenge that has just launched. It sounds awfully exciting. You have to submit a photo of your inspiration for the 45" quilt that you make, plus a write-up about how the inspiration object shaped the vision of the quilt. And there are tons and tons of prizes, including a Janome machine, loads of loot from C&T Publishers, a whack of batting, a whack of fabric, etc. In their previous communications about the upcoming challenge, they assured readers that international participants were welcome. But in today's post, they have reneged on this, and international participants are not eligible for prizes.
There were a few cranky comments about this in the comment section. And they replied to one of them:
"We are truly sorry about the international situation. We wish it were different but in doing research about contest laws we realized that they are different in every country and we can’t accommodate all of them. We were genuinely disappointed to learn this was the case, and we wish it were different. We in no way intended to exclude non-US residents but there was just no way around the legality of it. Our apologies for speaking too soon about it previously."
I'm ticked off, too. Not because I think I'm so great that I would win a prize, but because I just get fed up with the perpetual two-tiered system. Canadians (and Australians, Brits, French, etc), you're welcome to come and play, but not really. Oh, come on, don't be a bad sport, don't you want to join in just for the fun of it? Well, sure we would, if everyone else would, too. Would Americans not play if there were no prizes? If the game is only worth it for the prizes, then it's not much of a game. It's not much of a community, either.