Fiorella used to buy lottery tickets, but now she enters romance writing contests. The odds are better. All in all, she's placed in more than a third of the contests, winning first in approximately a third of those. The immediate prizes are minimal--$100 at the most, maybe a little tack pin (which Fio adores), usually a certificate, sometimes a contest logo she could stick on her website if she had one. But what's important to Fio is the potential for contact with agents and editors who could grease her way towards her ultimate goal--publication.
Who knows? She might yet end up with her million dollars--in book sales!