Definitely good stuff to think about, especially (for me) that second 'here'. I know I am one of those bemoaners, but more & more lately I have been thinking, 'Why do I even ENTER contests anyway?' In a way, they seem antithetical to who I am as a human being, so what the heck do I think I'm doing?Sometimes I'll find myself thinking, 'I'm just going to have to publish it myself' like that's a bad thing--but how is that a bad thing? After all, if I publish it myself, then it will be more exactly how I want it to be.
Much food for thought. I agree with Reb L that we need to be more creative in approaching the publication dilemma. The contest model is just one among several that could lead to publication. Unsolicited submissions are another; self-publication (via starting your own press or not) is another. And there are others out there.
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