Not so long ago, maybe a month back, I entered a local writing competition. The criteria was any genre and to submit an opening chapter of no more than 750 words maximum. Delighted that there was something local for me to test out my writing upon I trotted home, fired up the pc and trawled through what I considered to be suitable material. I ended up opting for the intro to 'The Iron Door'.
So, with a bit of editing, a touch of re-writing, much head scratching and muttering to myself, I finally sat back happy that it was in as best a state for entry as I could determine, plus I got it in at 749 words. Result.
Printed out, double-spaced, all my details top of the first page, paper-clipped and placed inside a nice large brown envelope, I jumped into my car and tootled down to the town of Cowbridge, a place of historical interest and much snobbery (the bastards don't even thank you when you stop to let them cross the road, let alone give you eye contact... grrr!).
Closing date zooming closer and closer (12th May), I decided to email the organiser--yes, I couldn't wait, I HAD to know!
And here is the reply email I received:
Thank you for your email. You did not win one of the prizes in the Creative Writing Competition, but you did score highly with the four judges on the panel. We had a really good response to the Competition and the standard of writing was excellent. It was difficult to select the winners.
The results will be published in the GEM in two weeks time and on the Cowbridge Book Festival Web Site. You can check out the winners in both sources shortly.
Thank you for entering and congratulations on your stimulating introductory chapter. Good Luck with any future writing.
So no prizes for the first attempt. Now I'm damned curious as to what did place first, second and third? Well, I suppose there is always next year... ;)