Most people wish they would win the lottery, a new car, a trip, or some other material goods they desire. Cindy called me earlier this week and implied that I had won a $50,000.00 home makeover in a contest I may have entered at a movie theater or mall or gas station. I may have been to those places, but I didn’t call her back. Not that Cindy’s waiting to hear from me. She has called thousands of people in the United States.
Many aspiring authors enter contests in the hopes of winning and being offered the ultimate prize, a book contract. Writers can include a contest final or win in a query or pitch to an agent or editor and add the information to their signature lines. At the very least entrants receive feedback from the judges in most contests, but entering contests usually costs an administrative fee of $30.00 – $50.00. The fees add up quickly if a writer participates in a lot of contests.
At this point I am not in danger of becoming a contest junkie, because I’ve only entered 3 contests. I’m pleased with the scores and feedback for my first entry six months ago. Although I haven’t received all the results from the other two contests, I’m excited that I’m a finalist in one of them. I found out the same day Cindy called.
What are your experiences with contests?
Links to writing contest pros and cons:
1. Tami Cowden’s blog
2. Absolute Write recent forum