Writing competitions: to submit or not?

Final

I procrastinated for three and half weeks, visited Shanghai Disneyland but somehow (the gods of procrastination must have been busy or distracted) managed to still submit a synopsis to the RWA (Australia) Selling Submission competition.

I don’t think I have ever been as nervous as I was when I pressed send; ok that might be a slight exaggeration. It was right up there with sending the dubious work email to your boss/work colleague/arch nemesis, where you spend ten minutes re-reading the email and thinking about the pros and cons of sending it. Press send than realise there was a typo and you can’t recall the email back.

But the only way to move forward is to share your work and learn from the feedback you are given. So send I must.

On the bright side, I now have a roadmap for how I think my current WIP ends….or do I?

What has been your experience in entering writing competitions? The good, the bad, the ugly?