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That's just the entering part of the equation. Now comes the results phase, and so far, I'm loving it! I haven't heard back yet from a few of the RWA contests I entered -- it's too early-- but I have heard from three. And I'm a finalist in TWO of them! I just found out about one of them today. **dances around the kitchen-- again**
I can't say every second of the process is pleasant. Along with the notifications, the contest administrators sent me the judges' scoring sheets, complete with comments about what did and didn't work for them. Guess which part I enjoyed more?
Right. The positive remarks are delicious-- chocolate chip cookies dipped in Cool Whip delicious. My favorite ones are where they wrote "this is definitely a book I'd read"!
The comments about what needs improvement are nutritious-- the written equivalent of spinach. I don't love it, but I eat it. My body needs it, and my writing needs honest feedback from people who know what they're talking about. And you know what? After you get over the initial bitter taste (doesn't take long), you actually start to love the spinach comments, too, because who wouldn't want to know exactly what to do to fix their manuscript's faults and make it perfect before sending it out to agents?
No, I'm not being paid by RWA local chapters to promote their writing contests, but I do want to be paid to write eventually. I'm a true believer that writing contests are a big step toward that dream. Try some-- you might like the way they taste. Good luck and keep writing!