Saturday, July 10, 2010
What's the Value of Entering Writing Competitions?
Take Heart from the Positives and Look for Enlightenment
For me, the value of entering competitions is in the constructive criticism that thoughtful judges will provide. It's very important that judges do give comments, particularly when they've marked down. It's frustrating to receive a low mark without seeing the reasoning behind it. Judges should be very aware of their responsibilities to the writers they are marking.
Another thing entering this particular competition showed me is that the competition out there is fierce. My marks were good but not good enough to compete with some of those excellent writers out there skipping up the ladder towards publication!
What have your experiences been in writing competitions? The best and worst?