Location: Washington State
Sometimes even the best Designers are rejected with a contest, depends on what the Contest Holder is looking for and sometimes the Contest Holder is not descriptive enough. It helps if the Contest Holder can explain the whys as to why you were rejected.
If you have a chance, read over our Graphic Designer Contest threads, it might be helpful and give you some insight, there are comments going back and forth with the Contest Holder and the Designers.
Graphic Design Contests