On December 20th of this year, a very nice thing happened to me. I received a response from a contest I had submitted to back in the summer.
I completely forgot about it because a lot of time had passed, and I just assumed by then that I wasn’t selected.
The response I received did confirm that my story was not selected. But the way they worded their response is worthy of notice.
Thank you so much for entering Stupid Cow in The Writer magazine’s Summer Flash Contest 2018 contest. We enjoyed reading your work and very much appreciate your interest. While your entry did make it to our second round of judging, our editorial panel ultimately did not select it as one of our winners this time around.
Please know how much we enjoyed your entry. Many thanks for letting us read your fine work. We look forward to reading more of your work in future contests.
The Writer editorial staff
Do you see how encouraging, professional and positive the response is? The fact that my story wasn’t selected doesn’t even hurt me. And I say this as a person who struggled to publish anything most of my life, has low self-confidence and a host of other issues, and would rather stay inside her safe box than to venture out and take a risk.
Bonus? I made it to the second round. 🙂
This isn’t the first time I’ve faced rejection in a contest submission. In some cases, the effort was made to let me know I wasn’t selected, in other cases, there was nothing, just silence.
So why am I blogging about this particular response?
Well, the other responses didn’t touch me the way this one does. They were basically professional, template-structured replies, and in at least one case, a computer generated output (for lack of a better word) to acknowledge receipt and rejection.
I’m going to take the above response from the Writer staff as a sign of things to come in 2019. I have more stories to submit, to that, and other contests, and maybe I’ll even publish some here on my blog.
Feedback, creative critiquing, and encouragement work well for me, especially in written form. I respond well to words like this.
So here’s to all of you who want to write, and do, either here in WordPress, or elsewhere:
Happy New Year from me to you. ❤