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The ABNA contest has opened and I am officially entered. This is my second year participating. Last year, I made it as far as a Quarter Finalist which meant I placed in the top 5% of the entries. I'm hoping to do better this year.
As a Quarter Finalist, my 5000 word excerpt was posted on Amazon and made available for reading and comments to anyone with an Amazon account. In addition, I received two Vine Reviews and one from Publisher's Weekly.
Most of the comments were positive, but not all. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but I have to admit that some of them stung for a little while. It's crucial to develop a thick skin if you're going to make your writing public.
Even if you don't win, it's a great learning experience and it's possible to connect with writers at every level of creativity and expertise.
Go ahead, enter. You know you want to.