Sunday, I was poking around web sites looking for suppliers of Kertzer Super 10, and discovered that one local yarn store is running a pattern contest this summer:
Design - must call for yarn carried by the store (natch)
Prize - $40 gift certificate, publication in the store's zine
Cost - "Patterns must be the entrants’ original, previously unpublished work and all entries become the property of (the store), will not be acknowledged or returned and may be used by (the store) in any manner or media in perpetuity without compensation."
I don't think so.
If I come up with an original idea, make the object, and commit the pattern to paper, there's no way I'm giving that up for $40 and a modicum of publicity.
Surprisingly, you must relinquish copyright just to get into the game. Even Cell, Science, and Nature release manuscripts they decline so you can publish elsewhere.