We intended to scope out a Gulf beach we’d never been to, but apparently the bridge is out until the Fall of 2009. Fine by me…it was a perfect day for working outside.
Before heading out the door to pressure wash the pool this morning, I picked up the newest issue of RWR (Romance Writer’s Report) and flipped to the contests section in the back. I entered the Beacon in 2007, and placed 2nd in the historical division. I made several newbie mistakes that were sure to bar me from 1st place, but over-all I was happier than an armadillo with a cozy nest and an endless supply of ants. I always think I might enter another one, but can never decide which one. I just can’t see forking over $25-$35 for 2-3 critiques of my first 25-30 pages. (I have several critique partners who don’t charge me a dime. ) If I were fortunate enough to final and have my entry read by an editor, I think it’s a stretch to think that editor will ask for a full, and offer a contract. I know it happens, but I’m more likely to get run over by a Mac truck.
I discovered there are some bargain contests that just might be worthy of my regard. A couple are cheap enough that I could enter two for the price of one. I don’t think I’d enter based on the final judge, nor for the critiques. I would like to know where a few objective readers would put my story–in the tank, or top three.
Entering the Golden Heart briefly crossed my mind, but the $50 fee was a tad steep for me in this economy. I have several friends who’ve entered–thankfully, all in different sub-genres. I hope they each win in their category!