Need feedback, but don’t have a critique group or beta readers. Or are you interested in a professional opinion? There is a fairly cheap way to get it, enter contests. Most of them are judged by agents and editors or published authors and some will critique your entry. If you take first, second, or third place, you can include that in your author biography paragraph of your query letter.

I’ve stumbled across a few and I thought I’d share them.

Crested Butte Writers’ Contest: Deadline is February 12, 2012. Categories are Romance, Mainstream adult fiction, Suspense/Mystery/Thriller, Fantasy/Sci-Fi, children’s/YA.  For a complete list of rules or to enter, go to http://www.crestedbuttewriters.org/ to enter.

Unknown Writer’s Contest (Colorado residents only): Deadline is March 31, 2012. Categories are Poetry, Nonfiction, Fiction. To enter- http://dwpconline.org/writing-contests/

Writer’s Digest Contest: Early Bird deadline is May 1, 2012. Categories are Inspirational Writing, Memoirs/Personal Essay, Magazine Feature Article, Genre Short story (mystery, romance, etc) Mainstream/Literary Short Story, Rhyming Poetry, Non-rhyming poetry, stage play, television/movie script, children’s/YA. Rules/Entry- http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/writers-digest-annual-competition

Each contest has their own rules and rewards. Make sure and read them. If you decide to enter, good luck.