Okay, no, I haven’t won anything lately…that I know of. But I could. AND so could YOU! Believe it or not, winning a writing contest will give you cred with and agent or editor, (unless it’s grandma’s bridge club “really dandy book contest”). Do not tell an agent about that. But if you have entered and won a legitimate writing contest and you mention it in a query letter, your chances of piquing an agent’s interest do go up, and so will your confidence as a writer when total strangers like your work with no reason to inflate your ego or pat you on the head.
Check out this link to get an idea of what is out there.