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As an update to the previous post, the answer is no, my under-edited, -ly word burdened, almost-first-draft manuscript did not place in the RWA contest. Am I shocked? No. Am I dumb enough to pay the $100.00 entry for next year and re-submit said manuscript? Why yes, yes I am! And THAT is what makes me a real writer. I eat failure for breakfast. (And umm, snack on it before lunch, and sometimes have a big helping for dinner.)

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  • Hi Scarlett,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog; I’m glad to know that sharing my experiences helped you. And yes, failure isn’t very tasty, but it does push us to try harder next time. I’m sure next year your manuscript will be much better!

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  • Apr 15, 2010

    Sorry you didn’t win. Good luck next time!

    I’ve entered a few contests, but haven’t won either. All we can do is keep trying.

    Theresa Milstein Apr 15, 2010
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  • May 4, 2010

    I am sorry your manuscript did not place. 🙁 I am an aspiring writer ( and blogging about it) I haven’t submited anything yet, so I don’t know what I feels like to get your manuscript rejected, but give me 6 months and I will be probaly be joining you for many meals of failure and rejection. ( I am not looking forward to that)

    Genius May 4, 2010
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  • May 4, 2010

    The key is to keep entering. My official scores ended up being pretty good; I was 0.3 points away from the top quarter. I KNOW I can place next time if I re-submit the polished, cleverly-revised manuscript. Genius, just keep blogging, and get as much information out there as you can. Join a critique group, read articles about writing, and above all else, do NOT submit your manuscript before it’s ready. When is it ready, you say? When you pushed through the fire and brimstone of a critique group, that’s when!

    scarlettprose May 4, 2010
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  • Nov 30, 2010

    OMG…that’s awesome you got so close!

    Rose Red Nov 30, 2010
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