I received my scored entries from ACFW's Genesis contest late last night. A big thank you to Camy Tang, the contest coordinator, and all the category coordinators for their time and energy to seeing this contest to the end. I really appreciate the opportunity to have my work critiqued by unbiased individuals, which brings me to another very important thank you...
Writing contest judges freely share of their time by taking on the responsibilities of being a category judge. For that I'm truly grateful and, oh, so thankful! Your time and energy spent on scoring our entries is a tool we can all use to better our work. A sincere thank you is sent your way!
In addition, there are many judges that go above and beyond the call of duty, and that's who I want to especially celebrate today!!
The judges who COMMENT are true mentors to me. Even though I don't know who you are, I'm praising God for you. Comments made within the actual manuscript, detailing a problem area, are pure gold to a writer-in-training. You truly are a servant of our Heavenly Father to take the time to give such invaluable feedback. Thank you so very much!
Letting us know exactly where you became confused, where repetition existed, emotion was lacking, pacing was off, etc. are the greatest possible feedback an entrant can receive. They both encourage and inspire a desire to revise and edit once more.
Suggested reading resources is another helpful tip a judge offered me. I was so pleased to be directed to specific recommended reading for help with some of my problem areas. I will definitely be acquiring and studying those reference manuals. And hopefully my entry into the next Genesis contest will be all the better for it.
So what about everyone else? If a judge revealed a mentoring quality on your scored submission, won't you share it here in the comment section? Let's celebrate our awesome judges together!
Reminder: For every comment you make on my blog for the month of April your name will be entered into a draw for a copy of Daily Devotions for Writers. Check back in on April 21st and May 1st to see if you are one of the lucky winners, or leave your e-mail information within the comment section so that I can contact you directly.
Blessings to all, and thanks once again for all involved in ACFW's Genesis Contest.