As many of you know, for the last couple of weeks Michelle Hauck and I have been running a little contest called, Sun versus Snow. This is the second year Michelle and I have hosted this event, and just like last year it was a blast.
One of the things that caught me off guard was how quickly our 200 spots filled up…in six minutes. Neither Michelle nor I expected it. In fact, we were pretty sad to have to turn people away.
While I was shocked at how quickly the spaces filled up, it also made my heart very full. Why? Because it meant there were writers out there willing to take a chance. Take a chance to put themselves out there. Take a chance to share their work (which can be terrifying). And lastly, take a chance they may be rejected (the hardest one of all in my opinion).
Sharing your work can be a daunting thing. There is always that seed of doubt in the back of your mind that whispers what you’ve created isn’t good enough. That your writing, or story, isn’t strong enough. But those who entered, or even wanted to enter, were brave enough to push past doubt and try. And to me that is incredibly admirable.
So the next time you think about entering that beloved manuscript in a contest, be like those 216 that took the leap and entered. Yes, you may not get picked, but the experience and friendship you may find will be well worth it. I promise!