February 4, 2013
Why My Book Therapy's Frasier Writing Contest Rocks
I know, putting your work out there is scary, right? But about this time last year, I'd finished my first book and revised it a few times. I hadn't shown it to anyone yet. I didn't have a critique partner at the time, and so I really had no clue about the quality of my writing.
I decided to enter several contests at the beginning of last year since I wanted a realistic view of how I was doing. I read craft books and knew some mistakes not to make, but it was so difficult to evaluate the other, not-so-clear things.
For instance, were my characters realistic and likable? I mean, I thought so, since I'd created them. But how would they appear to others?
Was my plot thin with lots of holes, or fresh and original? Unpredictable?
Did my language have bite, or was it too prose-y for the average reader?
I honestly didn't know how to evaluate these things--so contests were my best bet.
The only problem? A few of the contests I entered gave me drastically different feedback, and the depth of it was fairly shallow. I'd get a low rating on something with no explanation as to why, or how I could improve it.
Enter My Book Therapy's Frasier contest.
Because unlike other contests, I felt like I actually came away with feedback that made sense. Plus, I received encouragement on what I was already doing right.
I believe the Frasier is one of the best contests out there, because My Book Therapy--a writing craft organization founded by multipublished author Susan May Warren--has a heart for writers. The contest is not just for those who receive the awards. Its main purpose is to teach and help writers improve on their journey toward publication.
Let's face it. It's HARD to read something in a craft book and then know if you've applied it successfully. For writers, the Frasier contest is one that will help you to know.
If you're looking to learn and improve in your writing, I can't recommend the Frasier highly enough!
*Entries for the 2013 MBT Frasier Contest for unpublished novelists will be accepted through Sunday, March 31, at 11:59 pm. The contest is open to Voices members. The winner will receive a scholarship to a My Book Therapy coaching retreat ($500 value). Final round judges are award-winning author Susan May Warren; literary agent Steve Laube; and a TBD fiction acquisitions editor. For more information, FAQs, and to enter, visit www.mybooktherapy.com.
Your Turn: If you're a writer, have you ever entered a writing contest? What did you think of the feedback you received? If you're not a writer, have you ever entered a contest of any sort? What kind?