When I first started entering the contest, I thought an Honorable Mention would be a slam dunk. I didn’t necessarily expect it on the first try, but from the casual way people mention it (or mention how they’ve never done worse than an Honorable Mention), it didn’t seem like that big of a deal. I was even kind of hoping for better.
However, my first 4 attempts resulted in a a big fat nada. Zip, zero, zilch.
In the end this might have worked out for the better, since I have a much greater appreciation for what it means to get an Honorable Mention. At first I wondered what I did wrong. I even wondered if perhaps I missed the notification or something. What an idiot I was! In the year and a half that I have been submitting, I have come to learn the truly staggering amount of submissions that they get. Also, the people that are very active on the forum might not be an accurate picture of the “average” entrant.
In any event, getting something, even an Honorable Mention, sure feels pretty good after all the rejections. Getting a win, even a pseudo-win like this one, motivates me to do even better. And seeing my name up on the blog doesn’t hurt either.
No, the contest is definitely tougher than I thought. That’s going to make it all the sweeter when I win.