Contest Entries, Part 2: Understanding POV

~ By Laura Trentham  This is Part 2 of my observations from judging lots of RWA contests for unpublished manuscripts. I really love judging, not only to give back to a process that gave me my start in publishing, but by critiquing someone else’s writing, I discover weakness in my own. Part 1 focused on the actual beginning of your story and the delicate balance of backstory in the first three chapters. Now, I’m going to discuss a craft item that affects not just your first chapters, but you entire book. Deep POV. First, let me say, this is...

Contest Entries, Part 1

~ By Laura Trentham  I really love judging RWA chapter contests for unpublished writers (both contemporary and historical manuscripts), mainly because I got so much out of the contests when I was pre-published, including my agent! I credit contest feedback for teaching me to write. That sounds hyperbolic, but it really isn’t. My degree is in chemical engineering. I don’t have a home RWA chapter. It was years before I found a critique partner. Besides being an inhaler of all books, I had never attempted to write before I sat down in January of 2012 to start a book....

To Contest or Not to Contest, That Was the Question

~ By Emelle Gamble I used to believe that contests would not help a writer’s career. I told fellow writer’s when the topic came up that I just didn’t think they were useful . Why put yourself through it, I asked?  Doesn’t it hurt you more if you lose one, or get stressful or inane remarks, than if you were to win one? I thought that for many years, back in the 1990s, when I was contracted with Harlequin Intrigue. I believed that the path to publishing was pretty straight…it went from idea to query to acceptance to contract. This...

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