I enter contests for feedback purposes, because it's a way of hearing what readers think before you have readers. I usually do well in contests, often being one of the finalists. But being a finalist and receiving a request for a full manuscript request is rare. You can check the list of finalists and whether or not they received a request from the following link.
Disclosure: I previously finaled in Romance Through the Ages (about 5 years ago) without a manuscript request, so I think this means I'm on the right track.
As always, many thanks to my brilliant editor, Jason Sitzes, who runs the Writers' Retreat Workshop. And to my good friend, Ellan Otero, fellow writer-at-arms and traveling companion, for her support and encouragement.
For more about Queen of Heka, visit my website.