Thursday, January 14, 2010

Two strikes and a home run!

Ah! the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat...I'm sure I should be quoting some television show here.

This morning I saw a contest seeking short gardening essays. I penned a 250 word humorous true story this morning at 5:00 a.m. and sent it out. I received an immediate response. The editor really liked it, and then told me I had submitted to a members-only contest. (Always read the fine print. In this case it was glaring, duh!)

I was invited to join their guild or enter one of their open contests. So now, I ask myself, do I fork over thirty bucks to join another writer's association (GCWA)or submit to the open contest?

This afternoon I received a rejection from a literary magazine. Eh! It happens.

AND this evening I received an invitation to read my winning entry in San Francisco, California in March. Unfortunately, I'll be wiping snotty noses and teaching ABC's. I won HONORABLE MENTION in the National League of American Pen Women (Nob Hill Branch)contest, memoir category for my story, CLICK!

You can't win if you don't submit; if you don't win, still submit!


Lynn said...

Congratulations! You wear me out. Just what is your system for sending things out?

Tammy said...

Congratulations! And thanks for the inspiring message!

Pat Wahler said...

Congrats! A trip to San Francisco certainly sound like fun!