Confessions of a Contest Addict

For the last 3 years I've entered a ton of contests. It's ridiculous, really, how much money I've spent to have people tell me what's wrong with my writing.

I told myself this year that I would save some money and not enter any, or at least very few. So, here I am, it's the beginning of February and I'm getting twitchy.

I keep telling myself that entering a contest that doesn't have good final judges makes no sense. I miss polishing madly before a deadline. I miss having no stake in waiting for the finalists to be announced. And to be completely honest, I miss that thrill of finding out I finaled.

I'm trying to be practical. It's no fun.

Anyone want to guess how much I spent in contest entries last year?