This week's blog #MFRWAuthor challenge asks participating authors to discuss whether writers should or should not enter writing contests. Frankly, I'm ambivalent on the topic.
The "experts" often advise writers, especially unknown authors trying to build name recognition, to enter writing contests. Doing so, they say, puts their work in front of influential readers (the judges who are often writers and editors themselves). Winning brings accolades that authors can use to promote their books. For instance, in the romance genre one can easily find "RITA Award" in a book's description as a way to convey to potential customers that the writer produces a darn good story.
Meh. <insert shrug here>
I don't put a lot of stock in these contests. Most, I think, are a waste of money (by way of entrance fees). But good reviews from contest judges can be used for book promotion, and it's always a shot in the arm to get an award.
My take? If you want to, then go right ahead. Be my guest and have fun. If you don't want to, then I won't gripe at that, either. That's okay, too.