Some interesting comments at the announcement of the winners of the Harlequin Presents Writing Competition 2009. Harlequin seems to have ongoing issues with not understanding why novice exect their rhetoric to apply in letter as well as spirit.
"Congrats to the winners, I know you have all worked very hard on your submissions. I, however, am a bit sad to learn that one of the winners is already a published author of 10+ books..." (Janelle)
"Reflecting on the 2009 writing competition announcement, “Yes, the moment all you aspiring authors have been waiting for has arrived”…I think the results contradict the original message to aspiring authors…" (Sue)
"According to the rules of this contest, if Ms. Carr is indeed already a contracted Harlequin author ... then she is ineligible for this contest." (Longtime reader)
"...our legal department and they reassured us that she was both eligible to enter the contest and to win because she is not currently a contracted author with Harlequin." (Joanne Grant).
Classic Romance Something New
p.s. my Recaptcha code for the Harlequin post was "funked off"