Entering a writing contest is not for the faint of heart, yet it can be a great experience. When the contest provides feedback on the written work, it is especially helpful to the author.
Many new writers find it hard to put themselves and their work “out there” for professional scrutiny, but it gets easier after you do it the first time. Look at your entry as practice for submitting your proposal to an agent and as birth of the thick skin you need to grow in order to survive and thrive in this industry. Learn more.