After many months of grueling work–blood, sweat AND tears–today the chairman of WHERE THE MAGIC BEGINS will be announcing the final placement in the contest.
And I won’t be there to hear it. 😦
I don’t expect to win. I’m just thrilled to have placed. (And I have my fingers crossed they won’t announce they made a mistake, that I’m not supposed to be a finalist.)
If you’ve never entered a writers’ contest, you have no idea how nerve wracking it can be. First you have to wonder if you got fair judges or judges who have an agenda. Just one not-doing-it-for-the-right-reason (in other words, there are judges who judge just to DISCOURAGE up and coming writers) is enough to knock an entrant out of the finals. One judge who doesn’t really get what she’s supposed to be doing can knock you out of the finals. One judge who got the wrong category and is irritated because of it can knock you out of the finals.
There’s really nothing you can do about it except cross your fingers. (Or enter a contest where the category chairs pay attention and stop problems such as that as they happen–like WTMB.)
And at an average cost of $20-$30 per contest entry, for most struggling writers entering ain’t easy.
So why do we enter? For me, the best reason is feed back. It’s another three sets of eyes to get my manuscript on the right path, and another venue to improve my writing.
And, of course, the fantasy dream of impressing an editor.
Why do you enter?