Originally Posted by Brewtopia
All great advice from those above. I would add one thing though. Make sure you place your beer in the appropriate category. If you brewed an IPA but it came out more like an American Pale Ale then enter it into the Pale Ale category. I remember a few years back at GABF when Bridgeport IPA won a silver in the APA category. It won a gold medal in the Classic English Style Pale Ale category a couple of years prior to that.
i don't know how hombrew competetions usually are for categories, but this one is REALLY basic. They have 5 categories. 1)Lager, 2)Pale/light ale, 3)Amber/Brown ale, 4)Stout/Porter/Bock, and 5)Specialty
So it is pretty vague I guess. Should be fun though. Something to look forward to in this never-ending winter...