I’ve known since March that I didn’t final in the Golden Heart, a contest for unpublished writers sponsored by the Romance Writers of America. It wasn’t a disappointment. I knew the book wasn’t ready. Entering was a ploy to trick myself into finishing the second draft. It worked. I finished and sent it off, knowing I could do better. Finishing the stupid thing felt like winning.
So, last week when I got my scores, I was very pleased. My dreck of a manuscript placed in the top quarter of the Single Title Contemporary division. It was better than I thought.
Here are the scores:
Judge 1 Judge 2 Judge 3 Judge 4 Judge 5 Final Score
7.5 7.6 6.8 8.3 8 38.20
The highest any judge could give was 9. The highest possible final score was 45. The cut off for the top quarter was 36.50.