Unfortunately in most contests just one person can win the 1st prize. I just entered a writer's contest with the Heritage Writer's Group that I joined last year here in St. George. I submitted several poems and one non-fiction essay but I didn't win any prizes, certificates or trophies. I did, however, get some valuable feedback on how to improve my writing so that maybe one day I will win a prize or at least improve my writing enough to get it published. My focus now is on writing some short articles to get published in some local magazines or newspapers about what I've learned from my life's experiences. It's a series of essays called "Reflections on Life in Utah." Stay tuned for further information.