My guest blog piece on ‘The Writer’s Life’ – three ways to keep motivated when you never seem to win.
I recently came second place in the Newcastle Herald’s Summer Short Story competition with my story, The Deepest of Blues. I won my first ever prize for writing and it felt fantastic. Friends and family congratulated me, my story was published online, my name printed in the paper… it was a moment well worth celebrating.
But for every winner, there are loads who didn’t win. I know this because I have been that ‘not-winner’ many, many times over.
The Herald comp had just three winners. Then there were twenty-odd shortlisted entrants who almost made it, more than a hundred who entered but never heard back, and hundreds, maybe thousands, of writers who considered entering the comp but for whatever reason didn’t meet the deadline.
That’s a lot of ‘not-winners’.
Over the ten years prior to this one…
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