QUESTION: I always wrestle with the blurb, "a work will be considered published." If I had a story picked up for a literary anthology e-book, is that considered published? I seriously doubt they sold (or gave away) 1,000 copies. Also, if I had a story picked up for an on-line journal is that considered published? There's soooo many these days.
ANSWER: According to the rules of the contest (found on the entry form), in both of the instances you mention the work would be considered published. Mainly because even online publication is considered publication depending on the potential number of views a work might get. Even with low circulation numbers for a given work, WVW has no way to verify those numbers. Same for self-published books. They may not have 1000 in sales, but, again, WVW has no way to verify that. If a self-published book or ebook is available on Amazon then there is an international potential for over 1000 people to have seen it.