Well, I finally finished my entry for this year's Highlights for Children Fiction Contest. Now all I have to do is get my letter postmarked with tomorrow's date, 1/31/12, the last day entries will be accepted.
I'm feeling pretty good about my entry, but I've had that feeling before and, well, you know the results. I really do enjoy the process and one of my friend's younger daughters read the story and gave me some invaluable feedback. The girls are in the targeted age group for the story so that was great.
Now I'll have to start that long wait to see if my story is good enough to get published or place in the top three in the contest. Who couldn't use the publicity and the $1,000 prize money. But I have to be realistic about my chances because to make the top three entries you need to be somewhere in the top .2 %.
No matter what happens, I'm building a nice portfolio of my writing and I feel like I'm improving with each step. I'm already working on my next project, which is to polish and finish my middle grade novel that I started two years ago.
I just got a rejection letter from Pockets today too. I had submitted one of my old Highlights entries to them after a little tweaking. Patient persistence. That's what I keep telling myself.