Prior to the announcement of the New Voices Top 10, I entered Secrets & Speed Dating in the Romance Writers of Australia "High 5" competition. In this contest, you enter your first 5 pages of a novel aimed at one of the Mills & Boon category lines.
This week, I found out that my wonderful friend, Rachael Johns and the lovely Jackie Ashenden both finalled in the High 5! Awesome! Big congratulations ladies! This is a fantastic achievement as there were more than 70 entries.
But, as you may have guessed, I didn't final. I wasn't even close! 25th, to be exact :)
One of my judges adored my story (scored 100%) while the other two hated it. One even suggested it may be better suited to another publisher :)
So, this has confirmed something for me that I kind of already knew. And that is:
- Everyone who finals in a writing contest thoroughly deserves it. Their writing must be of a very high standard and really draw in readers in order to shine amongst so many entries.
- But - not finalling does not mean your entry is not also fantastic. Judging is such a subjective thing. Some judges mark harder than others. Some judges will think your heroine is neurotic and unlikeable :) :)
Anyway - I must get back to writing madly - my deadline is fast approaching!