Yog's Law, Money Always Flows to the Writer.
Every professional writing blog should cover this one once in a while, because there are always new writers coming up and new scams trying to take advantage of hopes and drems. So, for the record: "money flows to the writer." Any time anyone asks for money from a writer to publish or look at the writer's work this is a danger signal. The one true exception to this is an agent's percentage, but that comes only after a sale and as part of that sale, so money is still flowing to the writer, just a little bit less of it. A few legitimate contests may also charge a processing fee, but I generally advise people not to enter any contest that charges fees, unless they KNOW that it is legitimate and are willing to pay said fee to help cover the cost or other expenses of the organization running the contest. Even then, the cost should be nominal.
No legitimate publisher charges an author to publish their book.
No legitimate agent charges reading fees or pre-sale copying or mailing fees.
No legitimate contest charges fees beyond $20.00, and those that charge any fees at all should be looked on with great caution.
Money flows to the writer.