|My Third Place prize for the LDStorymakers First Chapter Contest|
Huzzah! I took third place in the Young Adult Speculative division!
After the brutal process of cutting the chapter from 5,000 words down to 3,000, and then the thumbs down on the new revision from my writing group, I had no aspirations of winning anything. At best, I was looking forward to hearing what the judges liked and didn't like for a final, pre-submission revision.
The YA Speculative division had a rumored 175 entries and was the largest division out of the eight available. Regardless, when my title and name popped up on the screen, I was floored and just a little bit surprised! Sure everybody wants to win, but actually doing it, has an unnerving sweetness all it's own.
So, with the kick-butt reviews I got on my prologue during the boot camp, and the judge's suggestions for my first chapter, I'm having a strong feeling of encouragement to make it to the submission process!
To the bat cave!~