I wanted to share today about my first venture of submitting for the contest at ACFW. I don't do alot with the group, and probably should do more. But this year I wanted to try the Genesis contest.
I sent in the required pages from the second book I wrote, an inspirational romance. And then I forgot about it. But this week, after finding out I didn't place(didn't expect to!) they sent out the scores from the three judges.
It was money well spent. Each judge scored my entry from 1-5. They added detailed comments about story, characterization, conflict, dialogue and my strengths and weaknesses. Plus, they went through the story and added comments there as well.
I've mentioned before how inadequate I feel in the area of fiction. After getting back my results, all I can say is thank you to them for their abundance of encouragement and wonderful feedback. I think maybe they saved me from giving up on fiction.
I may not have made the cut but I received something even better--renewed hope that someday one of my books will be published:)
If you are debating whether or not to join ACFW, consider doing it for the Genesis contest alone if nothing else. I plan to submit again next year, and will hopefully have a cleaner, better manuscript to share.