October 11 is the deadline to enter the Linda Howard Award of Excellence. Last year, I entered. It was my first contest, and it was a fantastic experience. The entry fee was reasonable, and I received constructive, but supportive feedback. Not only did I receive great critiques, but also I earned an opportunity to have my manuscript reviewed by an editor for one of my dream publishers. I cannot encourage people enough to participate in this contest.
As a result of the positive experience I had with the Linda Howard Award of Excellence, I started looking at other contests. But there are so many. How do I know which ones to enter? I'm tight with a dollar, and it is difficult to know which of the dozens and dozens contests are right for me. This could easily turn expensive. My primary criteria have been the final round judges and cost. If the judge is an agent or editor who I would love to place eyeballs on my writing, I am much more likely to enter the contest. However, I'm not willing to pay $75 for the chance. Call me cheap. I won't deny it.
I would love to hear everyone's contest opinions, pro and con, as well as recommendations of contests where they've have positive experiences.
Oh, and if I forgot to mention it, the deadline to enter the Linda Howard Award of Excellence (http://www.southernmagic.org/lindahowardcontest.html) is October 11. Why are you reading this blog? Shouldn't you be getting your entry ready? Go on now . . . get to entering!