I am neither surprised nor dismayed that the RWA thing didn't work out. Like MWA, RWA claims to represent the best interests of authors. Their concept of how to do so is to relieve authors - who, like infants and idiots, are unable to be responsible for themselves - from making an agreement with a publisher. I think the OTP contests are great; many of us may never have started publishing without them, and I have been happy with the quality of many of the entries I've read. I think it is perfectly reasonable for OTP to charge a $25 entry fee; running a contest requires a lot of time and effort. Others may disagree. Fine - no one is forced to enter. But for those of us who do so not only voluntarily but happily, we have violated the rules of the big organizations; i.e., we have determined how we will deal with publishers instead of being dictated to. The following is a gratuitous suggestion since I am not a member of MWA or RWA, but I believe those who are members would be doing a fine thing if they resigned en masse. All of them. Then they could donate their membership fee to ProLiteracy, an organization which really does help authors and many others as well.