Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Waiting on a Contest

The last contest I entered is announcing the finalists sometime this week and I’m getting antsy. I’m not expecting to win but I’m hoping, you know? I don’t want to get my hopes up, yet I know I’ll be disappointed if I’m not a finalist. But if I were, they would have notified me by now, no?

I’ve just written my post for the Thurs Prairie Chicks blog and you’ll know I’ve been thinking about contests because that’s what my topic is there, too.

It’s been almost a year (March) since I entered my first contest and I’ve come a long way in that time. I’ve read the critiques and judges’ comments and applied them to my wips. I know my writing has improved because of this. The entries I put in this latest contest will show me how well I’ve learned my lesson because they were the first 2 novels I wrote. I took them down, dusted them off, and applied what I had learned. We’ll see if I was successful. I’ll let you know.


  1. Contests make me nervous. And actually most of the ones I entered didn't look for the same things the publisher wanted. After a while I gave up. Publication being the ultimate win, I suppose.

  2. Hey Kel, not everyone likes or needs contests.

    I like other writers offering insights to my work. I don't always accept what they say and some of it goes right into the trash - like the judge who said I should live on a farm before I wrote about it - duh! She/he should've realized not all farm practices are alike. Since we're organic farmers, we know what it's like to 'go against the grain'.

    OOh- I made a pun. :)

    Critiques are just another step on the road to publication. I think that's why I get along with my CP's so well - I know they only want the best for my writing.


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