I got a large envelope in the mail today, with a return address of fw (F+W PUBLICATIONS, INC.). My reaction? "What the hell is this?" (I even spoke the words out loud.) You might remember me talking about submitting my work HERE (back in June). Well, believe it or not, I won an Honorable Mention -- and the envelope was a letter and certificate informing me of that fact. The news was just posted today at the website, so I think it's amazing that they got the mail to me same-day.
Here's how the letter to me read:
Seriously, you could have knocked me over with a feather -- this was a total surprise! I'd actually forgotten all about the contest. The certificate is cool -- certainly suitable for framing, so I'll probably do just that. (smile) It's a great motivation to write MORE. I've been waffling a little about NaNo, but I think I'd better stop that right now and get serious. Well, as I'm always saying to the members of our Writing Circle, if you don't try, you can't win. Yes, it's an Honorable Mention, but that's out of more than 13,000 participants, so I'm feeling pretty amazed and proud tonight. And, yes, humble, too...
By the way, if not for Marilyn mistressmarilyn, I'd never have entered, so many, many thanks to her. She's always my number one fan and supporter. I'm so lucky to have her to encourage and help me as a writer.
I have so many writing friends here at LiveJournal. I'll simply say that I strongly encourage you to put your work out there. It can't hurt, after all.
(So I'll probably share the story at some point, now that the competition has ended. I just need to dig it out and post it...)