contest, contests, everywhere

One thing I resolved to do is finish my dang cat story before I entered any more contests.  I mean, I could keep putting my cowboy story on the contest circuit, but I’d want an agent as the final judge.  My reasoning for entering contests has always been for feedback (except the Golden Heart, where you get no feedback).   I’m not changing the beginning of my cowboy story.  So why enter contests?

And worse, what if my Golden Heart-nominated story DIDN’T final?  Talk about an ego blow.

This comes up now because an RWA contest is low on entries.   It happens frequently.  It happened in the Beacon.  And I thought and thought and thought about entering, and decided if it had an agent as a final judge, I might think about it more.  But for now, I’m done with contests until my cat story is done.

So what’s your opinion about contests?


  1. Arlene says

    I entered the Beacon because it was low on entries … and I’m glad I did!

    Historically, though, I haven’t entered a lot of contests. I’m not sure why, I just haven’t. Until recently. After “Beauty and the Ballplayer” finaled in the Beacon, I entered it in another contest (and the Golden Heart).

  2. Jess says

    I’m torn about contests. You know my terrible reputation with contests. Either I final or I end up with a judge so far into left field, she’s playing football not baseball. Then again, I did final once even though the third judge told me I needed to take remedial English.

    If you’re looking for feedback and don’t have a critique group or partner, then enter. Feedback from contests helped me to hone my story and I couldn’t have landed the contract without the input of helpful judges, editors and agents.

    But if you solely want to put your manuscript in front of an agent, check the contests previous posts. How many had requests from agents/editors? If the history says no requests were made, then I say, just query the agent and save the money.

    • says

      I love when you enter contests! Because then I can call you to congratulate you even before you know you’ve finaled. Hee hee hee.

      … what’s your contest status now, now that you’ve a book coming out in less than 31 days??

  3. Lynn Cahoon says

    I’m with you on the fence. I have new material that I could send. And that I love. And it’s just for feedback, right?

    I don’t know. I still have until Saturday to decide. Leave it to the last minute Lynn.

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