Don’t lose heart
So, you’ve slaved over a competition entry and you’re satisfied it’s your very best work. You enter it into the competition and nervously await the results – only to find out you’re not amongst the winners. Perhaps you’re not even on the longlist let alone the shortlist. How do you feel? Disheartened? Ready to throw your story away? Vow never to enter a competition again?
I’ve gone through and felt all those things. But there’s hope. I recently entered a story into a flash fiction competition. It came absolutely nowhere. But I liked my story so I didn’t alter it and entered it into another competition. First I saw my name on the long list, then the short list before it was awarded second place.
It just goes to show how subjective writing competitions are. A similar thing has happened before. A judge slated my story. That same story, untouched, went on to win a different competition.
Have a brilliant weekend. Here’s a Friday Funny for you: