Writing contests have been suggested as a means to obtain critiques of one's work. Now, the RWA chapters all have writing contests - but what about us poor slobs who are working on a novel length mystery, thriller or even a western?
Can you recommend any worthwhile contests?
Contests offer critiques?
I thought they offered comments.
There's a HUGE difference.
And who's judging?
Before you shell out for a contest, have you considered taking a class from a writer? There are tons, and some of the best value for the money. Plus you'll meet other people who are writers and you can help each other out. Long term ongoing critiques are of more value than a one off from someone who may be rushing through contest entries at the last minute.