Contest Fever..Do You Know the Signs and Symptoms?

UPDATE (1/8/10): Shooting Stars has added MORE prizes! Check it out before it’s too late!!!


A thirty one year old single woman enters Emergency Room with a chief complaint of “I have contest fever!”

The ER staff gasps and grabs the nearest supply of masks and gloves. Contest Fever is highly contagious and once one person has it, several dozens are sure to develop symptoms within the next several hours if proper precautions are not put in place.

Here’s what to look out for to identify if you, too, have Contest Fever:

It starts with a simple chill, then develops into a rush of excitement followed by butterflies in the stomach and shivers down your spine. After several seconds, these symptoms are followed by shaky hands syndrome, shortness of breath, and heart racing. It causes the effected person to make numerous typos and speak in stilted sentences. This may make communication difficult, further hindering proper evaluation and diagnosis.

The only treatment of Contest Fever should you encounter or experience it: Entering the contest!


I have been a member of Query Tracker since June 2009. During that time, I have learned how to interact with others via the Internet (though I’m young in years, I’m old in techno-anything) to foster relationships with writers, and to brush up my query letter, synopsis, and first five pages. As with all things, the savvier I get, the more comfortable I am with branching out and exploring my surroundings. So, in November, I left my cozy nest and ventured out into cyberspace. Firstly, I started a blog. Then, I entered a couple of Young Adult writing contests, one of which left me humbly surprised and thoroughly ecstatic!

Positive reinforcement is a wonderful thing. Once that shiny reward is handed to me, I want to do more. So, as I make my rounds of checking on blogs, websites, and all things writing, I keep a special eye out for more contests. ‘Cuz they’re fun!!

Thanks to the fantastic community at Query Tracker, and a helpful post there, I found out that another innovative contest is on!

Click, click and there it is:   Shooting Stars: Suzette and Bethany’s Wicked-Awesome Prizes Contest!

Follow the link below to explore all the contest-y goodness.

Additional info:

The Prizes (for a total of five winners):

1) Two Query Critiques

2) Two First Five Page Critiques

3) One Inscribed/Autographed copy of The Dark Divine

To enter this contest there are two things you must do.

1) Be a follower of Shooting Stars blog (in the sidebar on the right)

2) Post about this contest on your own blog (not just a mention, an actual post.)

To earn more entries you can do the following:

1) Tweet about the contest with a link to this blog

2) Link to the contest on Facebook or MySpace (i.e. paste it in your status)

3) Mention this contest in a forum (such as Absolute Write or the QueryTracker Forum.)

Best of luck to all entrants!!!

6 comments on “Contest Fever..Do You Know the Signs and Symptoms?

  1. Thank you so much for posting about this! I am new to your blog. It is lovely.

  2. Cipherqueen says:

    Haha I’ve always had contest fever… when I finish typing my scholarship/contest list for WC I’ll send it to you for kicks. It’s actually really helpful…. (my school advertises none of them. Yeah, we’re on our own as far as college…)

    Ah, well. You’re awesome for entering these things, and you’re bound to win something eventually. I did, and the essay I wrote wasn’t even that great… hehe.

    • lbdiamond says:

      Well, you can’t win if you don’t try, right?

      A double thanks to you, Cipherqueen for hosting your own contest!!! Thanks a bunch for choosing my submission for first place!!

      Best of luck to you on your scholarship contest submission!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Cynthia says:


    I have never entered a contest, but after reading this post, I am going to give it a go. I wrote a memoir so I’ll have to search out one that fits. I shall let you know when I come down with the contest fever. Wishing you continued and tremendous success in your contests.


    • lbdiamond says:

      Fantastic news! No one becomes completely immune to Contest Fever (there are different strains that prevent such a thing), however, the symptoms become more manageable with time. The CDC is working on a vaccine. 🙂

      Thanks for the well wishes! And best of luck to you!!

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