Writing contests are an awesome resource for writers. I will forever be grateful to someone I've never met -- a judge who offered suggestions on Magic Moment. I took his/her advice, rewrote several chapters, and next thing I knew Crimson Romance was offering me a contract.
Contest feedback is often beneficial, and winning -- or even being a finalist -- enhances your author resume. Generally, agents and editors are final judges, and you never know when your writing might "click" with one of them.
If you have any contest stories, please feel free to share. In the meantime, here are some important upcoming contest deadlines:
The Suzannah (sponsored by NOLA STARS)
Open to unpublished writers; deadline October 1, 2013; first 7,200 words includes a synopsis; visit, http://www.nolastars.com
Finish The Damn Book (in memory of Judi McCoy,
sponsored by Chesapeake Romance Writers)
Open to unpublished and published writers; open to non-RWA members; deadline October 31, 2013; up to 40 pages maximum which includes first chapter and last chapter and five page synopsis; visit, http://www.crwrwa.org
28th Annual Hook, Line & Sinker (sponsored by Hudson
Open to unpublished writers; deadline November 1, 2013; first three pages of unpublished manuscript; visit, http://www.hudsonvalleyrwa.com
Good luck to all! Oh, and a big "SHOUT- OUT" to Mona Lisa's Room author, Vonnie Davis. I'm grateful to Vonnie for passing the Microsoft address on to me, and I was able to find the lovely pictures for this blog! Thanks, Vonnie!
For more information on Mona Lisa's Room, winner of the 2013 HOLT Medallion Award of Merit for Best Romantic Suspense, visit, http://bit.ly/MonaLisasRoomeBook
(photos c/o office.microsoft.com)