Thursday I plan to talk more about time management, but today I wanted to take a moment to discuss writing contests. At Gifts by Grace, contest judges give us a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes and tell us what they believe leads to a contest winning novel.
If you’re an unpubb’ed, there are a few ways to rise above the notorious slush pile: write a stellar query, meet with an editor or agent at conference, or place in a prestigious contest. Although options one and two help add leverage, they leave a large number of “what ifs.” Like, what if cyberspace eats my email, or I flub my pitch and swallow my tongue? Contests are by no means a guarantee, but they help you create a buzz for you and your novel while providing invaluable feedback. That’s why each year writers nationwide clamor to finish and submit their manuscripts to various contest coordinators. (Read more here.)