Thursday, July 14, 2011

Award-Winning Author

Today's Scribble prompt at CUWP: Write about your good and bad experiences with writing.

Hmm...

They happen to be within the same experience.

I entered my first and only writing contest back in 2004 when I was 8 months pregnant with my first child. The contest was in Helper, UT, and they were offering a cash prize of $300 for the first prize winner; $200 for 2nd place, and $100 for 3rd. Excited to try out my new found talent for the written word, my husband and I booked a hotel in the Price area and I entered the contest.

At registration, the contestants were given an envelope with a photo inside that would be the inspiration for a story. Any story and any genre we wanted to write. The story was due 24 hours later. It would then be reviewed by a panel of readers, ranked, and judged. The top 5 stories would be posted in the window of the small town theater.

I was exhilarated that my story, a piece about a woman who makes literal pact with the devil to save her marriage, was on the window! I read all of the other stories, and felt confident that I would at least place in the competition.

A few hours later, the award ceremony began.
Third place winner was announced.
Not me. Phew.
There was still a chance.
Second place winner... my heart pounded, anxiety rising. If it wasn't me, I could still be named the winner.
I took a breath. Waited.
And my name was called.

I used the $200 bucks to pay for the hotel we got in Helper.
But the plaque still hangs proudly on my wall.

2 comments:

  1. You should have won First Place. That "Third Wheel of Fate" was bull crap. The dumbest story ever.
    Mr. "I have to read it off my laptop because i am continually revising." what a tool! He doesn't have the ability to write his name. Acted like he was the next biggest thing ever. Every time i see him I want to punch him in the face. He can take his third wheel and stick it you know where. Freaking idiot! His story was about as easy to follow as someone from the south giving directions!!!!

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  2. Geez! You care about that more than I do. I'm totally fine with his win. In fact, I think he deserved it. Thanks for being so passionate about it tho. =)

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