I had entered my manuscript in “Launching a Star” contest a few months ago.
Well, I received judges comments and scores yesterday. While my entry did not make it to the final round, the scores and comments were encouraging.
Out of 150 possible points, one judge (published author) scored me 141, and the other judge (unpublished) gave me 129.
I received perfect scores from both judges in 3 areas: opening, POV, and voice.
Chracterization, setting, pacing, dialogue, and conflict/plot received strong scores.
They commented that I left out a couple of tiny words. One sentence needed fixing because subject/verb conflict.
One comment that confused me:
– adjectives are futuristic (I don’t know what this means and the judge didn’t mark where this happened. Can someone explain this to me?)
Overall, both judges commented that the plot was intriguing and they loved the voice. Glad there wasn’t major revision items.
Now what’s next? Query or another contest? I don’t know. I’ll have to give it some thought. Sometimes, I wish I had a mentor who could help me decide.