Before I was published I made extensive use of writing contests. I received some excellent feedback from judges, many of whom were busy published authors and yet generously volunteered their time to help beginners like me. The most valuable contest for me was the Golden Heart Contest, sponsored by Romance Writers of America (RWA).
I am a four-time GH finalist and although I never did win a coveted Golden Heart, that contest paved the road to publication. Being a finalist 2003 also gave me de facto membership in the Wet Noodle Posse, one of the most generous and supportive group of people I have ever been associated with. Since 2003, we’ve created the Wet Noodle Posse ezine and blog, and if you’re not familiar with these fabulous sites, I invite you check them out.
It’s an honor to be part of this group, and never more so than this month. For the month of October, Noodlers will be blogging about RWA’s Golden Heart Contest—how to prepare for it, how to make the most of being a finalist, etc. Every single member of this group has benefitted from writing contests and this month it’s our turn to give back. I hope you’ll drop by, and if you’re entering the GH this year, I wish you the very best of luck.
PS: Premiere week has ended and I’m already behind. I think I have four hours of shows on tape to catch up on.