I'm not big on entering contests. I particularly steer away from contests that require me to ask others to vote for me. In the publishing world there are contests for covers, first lines, unpublished works, published works, and probably others I haven't paid attention to. That said, I have entered a few, which is probably why I don't like entering them.
The next day, within hours of each other, I received two more emails. The first email was pretty bland, letting me know my book did not fare well in their contest. The scores were not even close to the top. The second email wasn't any better...my book was a dismal disaster. What did I do? I laughed. I was contracted! I often wonder what I would've done had I not submitted the book and received the results of the contest first. Makes me shudder.
Over the last eight years, I have entered a handful of contests and have been disappointed most often. Southwest of Love and Murder was a runner up once in a small contest. A couple of years ago, I had an agent, and she warned me against entering chapter contests. She felt it was a waste of effort as they were not fairly judged since most of the judges were fellow authors and competitors. I don't like to think my peers would not be fair minded in their judging.
As of this morning, if you go to the site to see the list of finalists, A Legacy of Love and Murder is not there. I've emailed and am waiting a response. I won't be surprised if they emailed me in error. Such is my experience with contests.