Ah, that’s a trick question! All contests are paid up-front, then Vinylmint pays the winning sound creator.
So when you’re selected as the winning sound creator and have finished uploading the final design files (in the Sound handover stage), we’ll automatically credit your account with the prize money.
If, for some reason, a contest holder contacts you privately, remember that you are under no obligation to send final sound files without first receiving payment.
You do not need to accept a payment that is less than the listed budget.