I recently found a blog article about a Summer Writing Contest. I love contests because it gives us the opportunity to get some feedback and criticism of our writing.
Take a moment to read about the contest here: http://blackbirdinmywindow.blogspot.com/2011/08/summer-writing-contest.html
I am especially excited to get a second chance at a literary agent that said no to my query letter. Lauren Ruth from BookEnds will be judging the contest. I've read through my first query letter and felt that I didn't do as well as I wanted. I've been rejected a few times and I am excited to try again with a new query letter.
In the meantime - I get a chance, a second chance, to make a first impression. So, if you are looking for a chance to get involved in a contest in the next few days, certainly take a look at Rachel McClellan's blog for directions on how to enter the contest and good luck.