So this happened! My novel-in-progress, Izzy Crow, won in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category in the Writers’ League of Texas manuscript contest.
This is why it is so important to not only work on craft but to put yourself out there and to be persistent. Behind this win are about a thousand rejections from all sorts of venues, dozens of also-rans, and a handful of honorable mentions.
I just started this novel in January and when the notice for this contest came along, I had the usual internal debate: is this piece ready? am I good enough? But then I decided to follow Wayne Gretzky’s advice, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” I’ve always said writing is a long game. Keep writing, keep working to improve, and keep putting yourself out there!
I’ll be at the Writers’ League of Texas Agents & Editors conference this weekend to talk with agents and editors and to moderate a panel. Stay tuned!