DevShed, which I wrote for several years ago when it launched, has a contest which is one of the weirdest things I've ever seen in the attempt to get free writing for a site. The contest involves writing a 1,500-word article suitable for publication on the site. The article becomes the exclusive property of DevShed regardless of whether you win or lose.The prize? A 60 Gb USB 2.0 hard drive worth a few hundred bucks. There's no limit on the number of entries. Their standard writing fee is $50 per article for folks they've contracted with. According to their standard deal is that you become a paid writer by trying out through submitting to them two well-written articles that they're allowed to publish for free. The reward for all of this is getting what appears to be a pretty high amount of exposure: they claim 300,000 daily page views and 100,000 subscribers to their newsletter.