Contests … Are They Worth the Money or Effort?

26955086_sIs 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 Whether it’s a contest for published authors, or a partial manuscript competition for the as-yet unpublished, is this where you should concentrate your promotional budget?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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About NevaBrown

Neva Brown, a retired secondary teacher/administrator, now enjoys the challenge of writing romance novels and doing editing for other romance writers. She has even ventured into the social media world of Facebook, Twitter and Google+ as well as having a website; . Neva lived on West Texas ranches most of her life and uses that culture and environment in many of her stories. She and her husband now live at Rio Concho West in San Angelo, Texas. They are amazed at how well they have adjusted to ‘city’ living. Neva loves to hear from her readers. She can be reached at
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