I have good news. I got into the second round of the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald contest. This is a full mss contest. In the first round entrants send in the partial and if they get in the top 15, they progress to the next round and have to send in the full.
So, I'm working like crazy to polish up the mss that got through and make it the very best it can be.
But while I'm taking a break, I thought I'd just mention something about contests. A few lovely people have emailed me to say 'congrats - you must be soooooooo close now as you're doing so well in the contests, etc.' But you know what... my contest success is hit and miss and I imagine most other people find that too.
In this years RWA Oz High Five contest, my mss was soooooooooooooooo close to the bottom, at a first glance at the ratings sheet, I thought it wasn't there. This same mss came VERY close to the top in the first round of the Emerald.
So really... I guess the moral of the story is that writing is subjective whatever stage of your career you're at.
I'm certainly not counting my chickens about getting through to the finals!!!