I had the privilege of judging the unpublished Maggies this year in the inspirational category and have been getting a number of thank you notes from the writers I critiqued. Receiving notes is always a nice treat, and thanks to everyone who may have written.
The folks I heard from mentioned their appreciation for the written review they received, which is the hallmark of the Maggie Award. All of the published authors take time to offer constructive suggestions that, hopefully, can move the story forward. If you haven't entered the Maggies, consider submitting your manuscript next year.
As I judge, I enjoy reading the stories and am always impressed with the level of professionalism in the entries. Usually a number of the submissions are winner quality and others follow close behind, which means everyone is working hard to make their work the best it can be.
I know it's hard to send your work out and then to receive critiques from authors you don't even know. Of course, sometimes the suggestions are less than helpful. Hopefully, most of the time, something can be gleaned to improve the story. Please know that those of us critiquing your work want you to succeed. Good luck with your next entry!
Wishing you abundant blessings,