Is there a value to spending our hard-earned money on entering either RWA’s national or regional chapter competitions? Whether it’s a contest for published authors, or a partial manuscript competition for the as-yet unpublished, is this where you should concentrate your promotional budget?
I know I’m dating myself, but I remember when you used to receive scores for your RITA and Golden Heart entries…not just a single number…but an actual breakdown with comments. And, even written feedback from smaller, chapter-run, contests. Now you’re lucky to even seen the scores, or be told where you ranked among the entries.
Do scores or standings matter? Yes, to those who enter, they’re a very important part of quantifying the end result. Win or lose.
Can it become addictive? Yes. I have a few published friends who have become contest junkies. They enter between ten and twelve competitions a year and spend hundreds of…
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