As I posted before, I received the email informing I didn’t win Writers of the Future the week before they announced the semifinalist. I assumed that because I received the rejection so close to the announcement that I was higher in the running. Soon after announcing the semifinalists, other rankings are posted on the website’s blog. So I waited to see if I qualified for honorable mentions, silver honorable mentions, etc. When the rankings were released, I was a little disappointed to see that I hadn’t even placed.
Being the insane stubborn person I am, I will continuously submit until I win or I break the qualifying criteria. The deadline is September 30th and I am about 10k words into a story that I need to finish then edit the unholy bajeezus out of. I will be focusing on that pretty damn heavily.
What sucks more is that I am curious about why I didn’t even rank, not knowing why is a sticky tedious monster I will have to trudge through. I have received a lot of positive feedback from beta readers, which I know doesn’t necessarily mean something, but some of the feedback was from other writers. So I had assumed it carried some weight. I am learning as I go so I very well could just not know what the hell I’m doing, probably a high possibility. I am curious about the judges critique system, what do they judge by?
I thought I had done a fair amount of research on the contest, but apparently the judges are looking for something more along the lines of action-adventure. The story I submitted wasn’t, it was a coming of age story. The story I am writing is, well it is a revolution of sorts but action adventure.
So one of the finalists is a guy who blogs here on WordPress. I’ve poked around on his blog a bit and he seems like a nice enough guy. He has written about being a finalist and some interesting tidbits surrounding the contest. You can find his blog here, his name is Rahul Kanakia. I threatened him to a knife fight if his story was the one that bumped me out of the running, luckily now I know that wasn’t the case. I can rest easy knowing I wont be stabbed to death……… over this…… maybe.
An interesting thing I read on his blog the other day was about having to write one million words of crap before starting to write anything of quality. This is an interesting concept, I hadn’t ever heard it until I read it on his blog. If that is the case, I have another 250k words – roughly to go before I am officially a budding beginning writer.
Any who, time to go walk with my future wife and take a shower. Lots to do and little time to do it.