She also reference another article about why someone should even consider a contest.
The only point of contention I have is her advice to avoid contests early in your writing career. I get where she is coming from, but I personally find that putting something at stake (money) really does force me to get better. I could take a class for hundreds or thousands of dollars, or I could spend a fraction of that in a few contests and learn by diong.
On a side note - what a fantastic website she has!