Contest Survey Results

What Contestants have said About the Dixie Kane Memorial Contests

I’m still in awe at how much mileage I’m getting from the SOLA contest – it was the best thing I’ve ever done. The feedback alone was amazing and who knows, maybe I’ll enter again with my other novel which would be Suspense with some Romantic elements class.

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The judges provided “reader” insight and perspective along with their professional expertise.

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The judges gave examples of what they were suggesting, as well as pointed out things that were working and why.

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It was great the way that two of my judges concurred in their assessments of my work!  What a great system of checks and balances!

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The judges comments were professional and extremely helpful.  I appreciated the time that the judges spent grading my selection.  I know what that entails—having been an English teacher for 22 years.  I WOULD LOVE TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE JUDGES FROM TIME TO TIME!

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The comments, especially those that pointed to a specific example, are helping me really tighten up my writing.

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I just got my Romance Writers Report and my 3rd place win in the Dixie Kane Contest is listed on page 44!  I’m very excited!!  Thank you for the opportunity to enter your contest.

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The score sheets were returned in a timely manner and the results were announced promptly.  I am very impressed by the follow up survey that was e-mailed to the contestants.

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The judges were helpful and very encouraging.  As a new author, I need all of the help I can get.  The judges not only pointed out the weaknesses in my manuscript, they told me how to improve them.  I appreciated that very much.

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The draw for me is the constructive criticism.  It was wonderful to receive praise, but even more valuable to receive help.

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I will enter the Dixie Kane contest again because it’s an excellent way to test the opening of your manuscript.  There’s nothing like a cold read by four people to focus in on what needs to be addressed.

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One judge took the time to suggest books I might consult on plotting—and suggested it so diplomatically that I was quite thrilled to take her advice.

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I love getting written feedback.  I know it takes extra time for the judges to do so, but as writers, it’s an invaluable tool.  That is one of the main reasons I enter contests; to get an impartial, trained, perspective.  I will add that as a result of this feedback from the Dixie Kane judges, I’ve reworked my manuscript and it is definitely better for it. Thank you.

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I feel that I learned a lot from the comments and have used that information in revising my novel.

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I was very impressed by how positive the feedback was, even when critical.

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The contest is well-run and professionally done.

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When going back over my ms I realized most of the Judges’ comments were on target.

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The judges explained their scores.

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I just read “The First Five Pages” by Noah Lukeman and evidently the Dixie Kane score sheet questions can be judged in the first five pages.

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I felt the criticisms were tempered with encouraging words.

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Overall I feel the Dixie Kane Contest was a good experience and well worth entering for the excellent feedback.

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The Dixie Kane judges were very tactful and gracious.

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My judges were fantastic.  All of their comments made it easier for me to go back and fix and fine-tune things where needed.

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I suggested the Dixie Kane contest to a friend.  The price and the feedback make this a contest to enter.

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I think my story was treated with dignity.  Based on most of the judges’ comments, I think they took my submission with the seriousness in which I wrote it.

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I received only positive feedback.  Even in instances where I needed improvement, the judges worded their comments in a constructive way.

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One judge did an outstanding job of adding useful editing comments to my entry.  I like that s/he showed me how to tighten my language, remove redundancy, and make my writing stronger.

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I’ve had contest feedback with very inconsistent results, but not in the Dixie Kane Contest.

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It is always helpful to have comments on the score sheet as well as the manuscript.  The comments given were all helpful and I’ve incorporated several of the suggestions in my opening.

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Most of the comments were helpful, and the judges took the time to explain their comments.  Some of them went far beyond the call of duty, writing extensive notes on both the manuscript and the synopsis.

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The comments were helpful in pointing out the areas in which I can improve as well as positive aspects of my technique. Since I am a relatively new writer, I don’t have contest experience from which to draw.  However, I can say that I have learned from the judges’ comments.

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The score sheet gave judges room to explain the points they assigned to each of the ten questions if they felt additional explanations were necessary.

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The comments I received on my entries were extremely helpful.  The judges’ suggestions for improvements were stated in a positive way and included specific ideas that I was able to use in revising my manuscripts.  It was terrific to hear not only what could be improved, but what I had done well.  As a beginner, I really need this kind of feedback.

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The Dixie Kane Contest was one of the first I entered, so I didn’t know what to expect.  I was thrilled by the judges’ reactions.  The fact that the judges included suggestions for improvement along with their praise means a lot to me.  It indicates that they carefully evaluated the entry and did their best to express their fair judgments.

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The score sheet was very clear.  It was great that the judges included specific comments on each of the questions.  This was particularly useful to me.

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Each question on the score sheet is clear and the judges explained much of their thinking in relation to each question.

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The score sheet guided the judges to look for the things I question in my own writing.

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This was my first contest entry and I had a lot of trepidation as I’ve heard some horror stories about judges from other contests.  I thought the Dixie Kane Judges tried to be helpful and showed me ways to make improvements in my writing.

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I liked the grade method of using four judges.  It gave me lots of feedback.

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The judges seemed interested in improving my story.  I appreciated their input.

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The judges’ suggestions for improvement were all stated in positive terms that enabled me to use the information without feeling defensive.  It is so wonderful that other writers are willing to spend time and thought on a newcomer’s efforts.

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The judges seemed to want to help guide you so you could succeed.

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The judges made helpful comments, tried to help, and offered no derogatory statements.

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The ten questions on the score sheet seemed to relate specifically to the beginning of a story, which is often hard for an author to look at objectively.  It is very important to take these elements into account, since both editors and readers frequently base their reactions on the first few pages.

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I will enter The Dixie Kane Contest again because it gave me four fresh reads with excellent comments on which I need to improve, and just as important, what grabbed the judge’s attention.  The total cost in time and postage makes entering affordable.

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I will enter the Dixie Kane contest again.  I’m getting my next story completed right now.  Maybe I’ll even re-enter my first one now that all the problems are fixed.

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I love getting written feedback.  I know it takes extra time for the judges to do so, but as writers, it’s an invaluable tool.  That is one of the main reasons I enter contests; to get an impartial, trained, perspective.  I will add that as a result of this feedback from the Dixie Kane judges, I’ve reworked my manuscript and it is definitely better for it. Thank you.

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I thought the judges were very truthful, but very kind at the same time.