It’s been seven weeks since I sent it in. It was a big risk: submitting a short story, asking to be judged, hoping to win, certain I wouldn’t. Still, like the New York Lottery guy says, “Hey, you never know.”
Five hundred people just like me send in their entries. Well, OK, not all of them are just like me. Some are actually professional writers. Some are really good writers. Others are probably not so good. Five hundred people, after all. That’s a lot of potential. Potential to be just about anything.
But, hey, you never know, right? So I write the piece, give it a good bit of spit and polish, and raise as much shine in the words as I can. And I send it in. Not five minus after it’s gone, Doubt speaks up. Oh, what have I done? Who do I think I am, anyway? Actually win a writing contest? Oh, silly me.
It’s been seven weeks since I sent it in. I’ve reread it several times in those seven weeks. Somewhere around Week Five, I begin to think that the piece could maybe…well, geez, I mean… it could actually win. Hey, you never know.
Halfway through Week Six, I’m convinced. Hubris has jumped into the ring, thrown a mighty left hook, sent Doubt to the deck in a knock-out, and is dancing around like a victorious prize fighter, arms in the air, shouting, I’m going to win this thing.
Now, I never win anything, especially not a writing contest (just ask anyone who knows me – I’m the creative version of the Bridesmaid). But this time, this time I’m going to win. I’ve already got the Grand Prize of $300 (they never said the prize was Ginormous, just Grand) spent.
Every day, I check my e-mail, looking for that long-awaited announcement of the winners. Yesterday it came.
First Place: Somebody Else (Well, there were five hundred entries, after all. Second Place is still pretty good.)
Second Place: Another Somebody Else (Huh.)
Third Place: Yet Another (you know)
Honorable Mention: 20 Other…
But wait! Down at the bottom of the list, I find my name. Out of the five hundred entries, mine has been selected to win a Door Prize. Hooray!
OK, perhaps I should mention that my entry was selected in a random drawing of all the non-winning entries. Mine, and 62 others.