I've always been a big fan of writing contests. I know that many people are not- and I'll leave that up to opinion. But this question is for people who enter contests. Do you tend to use a specific theme when entering a contest- even if no theme is noted. For instance, I live in Florida and enter many state-wide competitions for local publications and organizations. Typically the things I write have themes such as beaches, tropical scenery, Floridian lifestyle, and other things that directly coorelate to this state and the people who will be judging my work. I feel it's a good way to immidiately draw in their emotions- as they can connect to the words on an intimate level (which I feel is a powerful tool to use towards readers). What do you think? Do you tend to follow a theme in contest entries?