The subjectivity of writing contests!

I’ve probably written a blog post about contests before but I’m too lazy to look through the archives to check. Hopefully I’m not being TOO repetitive.

I have good news. I got into the second round of the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald contest. This is a full mss contest. In the first round entrants send in the partial and if they get in the top 15, they progress to the next round and have to send in the full.
So, I’m working like crazy to polish up the mss that got through and make it the very best it can be.
But while I’m taking a break, I thought I’d just mention something about contests. A few lovely people have emailed me to say ‘congrats – you must be soooooooo close now as you’re doing so well in the contests, etc.’ But you know what… my contest success is hit and miss and I imagine most other people find that too.
In this years RWA Oz High Five contest, my mss was soooooooooooooooo close to the bottom, at a first glance at the ratings sheet, I thought it wasn’t there. This same mss came VERY close to the top in the first round of the Emerald.
So really… I guess the moral of the story is that writing is subjective whatever stage of your career you’re at.
I’m certainly not counting my chickens about getting through to the finals!!!
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10 thoughts on “The subjectivity of writing contests!

  1. Well, you already know that I wish you all the best of luck for the next round. But again – good luck!I know what you mean re subjectivity – my current MH did crapola in a couple of comps but was requested as a full?? Hmmm

  2. Congratulations on making it to the 2nd round of the contest.Contests can be such a crap shoot, can't they? Often you get apposing feedback. One judge liked it, one didn't – all had different reason.

  3. Thanks ladies!And Anne – I soooooooooooooo know what you mean. I used to do okay in Aussie contests cos they dropped the lowest score and someone always HATED it, but now they've changed so that they average ALL the scores and I haven't finalled in a while!

  4. You are so Rach with your comments about contests. Cath just recently blogged on our blog about the difference comments she and Lesley received in two contests, one Australian and one USA. They are hit a miss!But yay you on the Emerald – again 🙂

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