One of my writing goals for February is to enter another contest. I know there are mixed feelings on contests, but most contests ask for the first 20-30 pages. They cost money, BUT you are guaranteed feedback on the first thing most editors are going to read if you submit. I think that’s invaluable. I don’t spend a lot of money on my writing, but I do earn some money doing content articles and save that money for my contest entries.
Also, there is a chance that an acquiring editor might look at your contest entry. Yes, you have to win and yes, that doesn’t mean they’ll request a full or even a partial, but it’s another chance.
So, right now, I am pro contest. Here are some of the ones I am considering:
Back of the Book Contest deadline 2/28 (just what would appear on the “back of the book” if it were published). Edited to add: this contest is FREE!
Wisconsin RWA Fabulous Five deadline 3/1 (and only the first 2500 words)
Dixie First Chapter deadline 3/1 (First Chapter)