Nope, and nope. I have too much of an inferiority complex, however it is my dream to one day be good enough to enter competitions, and maybe if I get really good win something.
I have only entered one poetry competition. No awards at this time.
Writing is not competitive for me at all.
I must admit I am rather bad in participating in competitions, though I have submitted to a handful - it's something I want to change though, particularly in getting involved in short story competitions.
No competition therefore no awards.
No and yes.
I don't participate in competitions and have received an award or two. However those awards always came with some form of dirty feeling. Always I become someone's whore so they can pimp where the writing came from (site/school/whatever).
I have not participated in any competitions at this point. That is not to say I am not looking forward to the opportunity to do so in the future.
When I was in PR, I submitted a few projects to the industry association's competitions. Never won first place but did get a few "honorable mentions."
I haven't done that in about 15 years or so, since I became a freelancer.
I entered three major novel competitions and was shortlisted in each one.
Also, I entered a short story competition and came third. This one can be seen on my website, on the Fur page, titled: Not and Bad Bag of Bones.
I do participate in competitions. I have not received any rewards as yet but my story...Location, Location, Location ...was chosen and published in Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors....and my poem...Infinite Calm...was also chosen and published in the book...Whispers on the Wind.
With only one book recently published, two more soon to be, I haven't yet received an award. The reviews have been excellent, example: The Lost Christ: The New Beginning is a fastinating origional story -- Highly recommend...... Midwest Book Review Publications.
I'm not really big on competitions but I have entered some over the years. I've entered a lot of short story contests, and my short story Sweet Dreams won an award for best story created from a photograph. Basically, we were shown a photo and had to write a short story about it.
I've entered other writing contests, including one by CBC.
I was nominated in 2004 for the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award, though I didn't win. Regardless, it was a huge honor!
I came in 3rd place in a PSA (Public Service Announcement) script contest on racial harmony. My script was filmed with actors and broadcasted across Canada.
My novel Whale Song won two cover awards--for cover of the month and cover of the year. I can't take credit for the cover though. The artwork was from a painting called Sanctuary by David Miller of MauiArts.com.
In 2009, I entered Dorchester Publishing's "Next Best Celler" contest. My romantic suspense Lancelot's Lady made it to the semi-finals; I was the only Canadian author to make it that far.
Lancelot's Lady later won an Editor's Choice Award from Textnovel.com, and this novel is being released September 27th, 2010, as an ebook.
I entered a poetry competition, and won, but didn't receive my reward because I was busy on the day. But, I did get published in a book. It was great!
These days I find I'm too busy writing my single book to write extra stuff for competitions, but before I started working on it I did. I participated in a youth writers conference when I was in grade eight and the story I wrote there received special recognition. That same year, I also received the english award from my school. I've also had a piece receive special recognition in a book I self-published along with a writing class I took in highschool.
Although Iíve been a judge in a poetry competition, and have won one or two competitions, frankly I donít believe in them and donít enter them any more since, once you have eliminated the obviously bad ones, whoever wins is not because they are better than the others, it is all subjective and if there had been a different judge(s), the winner would not have been the same, of that I am certain. However, I think competitions are good for writers since it spurns them to produce something they may not have done otherwise. Ultimately the true function of a competition is not to win but to compete against one self to see if you can write a better story, poem, article etc than the last one.