Well, it looks like an honorable mention for me. I suppose it’s not a bad thing. It’s certainly better than a rejection, but not where I would like to be. I’ve made a promise to myself. I’m going to keep entering this damn contest until I win or pro-out, and considering the length I write at, unless I have an ebook that becomes wildly popular, I’m not going to pro-out. And maybe that’s the problem. I’m not a fan of writing “short” stories. I prefer longer works. As a writer friend told me, I think too big. I pick topics that have to be told over a couple hundred pages, not twenty or thirty. I suppose it’s something I should practice, but, other than WotF, I don’t have a whole lot of drive to write short stories. And you know what, that’s okay. But I’ll keep writing them until I win because I want to win.
The contest is so much more than a cash prize and a workshop. It’s an experience. It’s a community. It’s a network and friendships. People who lift you up after a bad rejection and pat you on the back when you sell a story. Teachers and mentors you can reach out to for help and advice. It is a family that pulls together over a loss and consoles each other when no one else understands. And yeah, it’s there whether you win or lose, but it’s bound to feel that much better when you win.