Hi All, I'm new to this forum. I've been on some other websites and have entered a few writing contests. However, when I saw the top finalists for the three I entered, I was very surprised at how poor the writing was. I mean, many grammatical and spelling errors, weak stories, little to no dialogue. It really surprised me. I mean, I thought the stories I submitted for all three were very original. I'm not implying outright that any of mine should have made the final list, but I think my stories were better written than most that placed. Then, I realized that for all three (different websites, by the way), I never could get confirmation that my stories were received. So, I guess my question is, is it worth sending in stories for contests? And if so, are there some good contests or sites or magazines you could recommend? I like to write in the suspense/thriller genre mostly. Thanks!