The Mussel Gatherers,
Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839-1924)
oil on panel.
After agent Nathan Bransford's Essential First Page Challenge, a writer, who claimed to be a NY published pro, seemed outraged and somewhat miffed that his(her?) entry, being clearly superior (QED), did not sweep the board.
Now, after a couple of installments of the first-100-words contest held by the ladies at BookEnds LLC, a poster grumped that they thought the contest was open only to amateurs --
the clear collorary being that it was unfair/unethical for pros ( ie. already published writers with real books out there) to submit in competition with the unwashed and unannointed, and/or that pros should self-censor.
I believe the ladies responded by pointing out that pros might be between agents, changing genres, etc.
From an agent's point of view the pro-joe status of a submission to a contest must be largely irrelevant, the basic skill stuff being equal, a choice of winner(s) would depend on what strikes their fancy on that particular day.
Of course, they might recognize a name or google their top picks. Pubbed credits ( the QED) might then influence their final choices -- but that applies a significance/importance to the various contests which sounds more like writterly transference of a have-not than the mind-set of very busy agents.
I find these undercurrents, assumptions and unwritten rules quite fascinating.
What do you think of it all?