My RWA chapter is helping out a sister RWA Chapter with their contest. Several of my friends and I offered to judge the entries. I've entered quite a few contests in my day. From a judge's and a entrant's view point- I dont' like this one. We give numbers and make comments on the score sheets. The entrants don't even get the entry back. How are they supposed to learn anything if they don't get back their entry with comments and suggestions? Not to mention it makes judging and scoring a whole lot harder and time consuming.
I've read one entry so far. I went ahead and made comments on the ms to use as reference points when I fill out the score sheet, but without copying and pasting some things, it is hard to explain what I'm talking about. I feel like I'm cheating the entrant because they aren't getting all the information I'd like to give them. Don't think the first entry was bad, it wasn't. It had a lot of good things going for it, but there were a couple of things that just would have made more sense to see my comments at that spot rather than me trying to say in the scene where this happened if you did this and this it would tighen/strenghten the character. It would be easier to show them how to show it. If that makes sense.
Anyway, that's my little rant for today.
What expereience if you are a writer have you had with contests? If you aren't a writer have you ever entered any kind of a wontest?