The Little Writer That Could…or Might

I’m jumping way ahead in my life story, but this news is just too supercalafragalisticexpealadocious sublime amazing noteworthy not to share with you now.

In my typical uncensored optimistic fashion, I entered the 80th Annual Writers Digest Writing Competition last spring. Among the ten writing genres to select from, I chose “Memoirs/Personal Essays” (no big surprise there) and submitted a version of my story “Monkey Business.” I knew the competition would be daunting—this is a universal, international national competition (maybe it’s international)—but I needed to get my work out there, get it rejected, and start feeling like a real writer. 100 submissions would be selected in each genre as winners, with the 1st place submission and grand Pu-Bah submission reprinted in the Writer’s Digest. All other winners’ names would also be printed. Stiff odds when I considered that about a gazillion writers would enter and each could send multiple works.

I just pushed the "Submit" button and tried to forget about it. Having supportive friends who don't want to talk or listen to you talk about your writing is sometimes quite helpful.

When I opened my email today, I received notification from the Writer’s Digest Editor, Jessica Strawster. Did I mention that if I ever had a daughter, her name was going to be “Jessica Claire”? I wonder if this editor’s middle name is Claire… She had very good news for me. I was among the 100 winners in my genre. To quote her:

“Finishing among the top 100 entries is an accomplishment you can be proud of.  Your success in the face of such formidable competition speaks highly of your writing talent, and should be a source of great pride as you continue in your writing career.”

That’s it. I just wanted to let you know that an editor actually used the words “writing talent” and “writing career” in reference to little old me.

What does this all mean? Do I have to make up business cards and begin shameless self-promotion like I am doing in this post? Editors and Agents, send all inquiries to Oh, my! It's already begun.

~ by Lorna's Voice on October 7, 2011.

41 Responses to “The Little Writer That Could…or Might”

  1. Thank, Cyber-Sis! Love you, too!

  2. Well deserved and expected. You are fabulous! Love you.

  3. Thank you so much for the encouraging words. I’m breathing deeply and digging in!

  4. Yes. It feels like it’s been more than that already, but I’m sure I have a long way to go… Thanks so much for you continual support!

  5. Congratulations Lorna! Your talent is amazing. Remeber 10,000 hours.

  6. Can you feel me breathing, deeply breathing? Thanks for that and the kind, kind words!

  7. Izzy, I am proud–mostly of entering the contest. That was the courageous part. The writing is the fun part. Where it all goes for here is as predictable as the rest of my life as been so far–anybody’s guess. I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of encouragement and support by my blogging family (you’ve all been upgraded from “friends” to “family”). Every day I get some sign that I am doing what I should be doing (sharing my voice and my stories) in this forum.

    Thank you from the deepest part of me for being such a dear soul sister,


  8. You are so sweet to say that. It’s finally sinking in and the excitement is turning into a pleasant feeling of accomplishment, with a realization that my hard work is just beginning. It is a wonderful pat on the back, though!

  9. How could this NOT have happened to you!! That is so cool, Lorna–I’m so very happy for you. You are so absolutely deserving of this honor. Yay for YOU!

  10. CONGRATS … you are never shy of taking us to news heights of delight. Litlle ol’ me reading a blog by a writing talent. I found the pot of gold. You know you are an outstanding writer, Miss Lorna…!!!! Be proud in your well done new title “Writing Talent”. I couldn’t be happpier for you ….!!!!

    Hugs and Toodles,

  11. So happy for you! Feels good to add those extra labels. You’re not just trying to be a writer, you are a writer. Breathe that in real deep.

  12. Thanks so much! This sure gives me motivation to push forward with my book and stories!

  13. Congrats Lorna… and many many more to come!

  14. Thanks so much!

  15. Yeah congrats!!!! That’s awesome. ^_^

  16. World Smile Day? How appropriate! Thanks for letting me know that. I love synchronicity like that. 🙂

  17. Shonnie, thank so much for your enthusiastic response! I’m still is the “could this be really real?” phase of adjustment. I read the email about 10 times…I think I’ll go read it again… 😉

  18. Many thanks, oh prolific and creative one!

  19. Oh yeah. But my version of partying was doing a happy-dance with Scrappy and calling my family. Tame but rewarding!

  20. Thanks so much. I’m waiting to wake up from this dream, but I’m pretty sure it’s real. 😉

  21. I have exclamation marks poking me all over the place! Thanks Tilly! 🙂

  22. Fabulous news! Well done! So pleased for you! Argghh!!!!! Exclamation mark overload!!!

    Brilliant 🙂

  23. Fantastic news, congratulations 😀

  24. party time!

  25. That is great news worth sharing. I don’t know why but I didn’t think Writers Digest still existed. I’ll have to begin reading them again, especially since you’re published there. My hats off to you, madam. 🙂

  26. LORNA!!!!

    I am so Flippin’ EXCITED for you! This is totally amazing girl! I cannot express how happy I am for you. WTG for putting yourself out there. I am so impressed, (jealous, envious J/K–ok maybe a little in a GREAT way), and deliriously happy for you. 😀

  27. WAHOO — you go girl! Now if that doesn’t help put a smile on your face (in accordance with World Smile Day), then I just don’t know what to do.

  28. Yes, definitely cross out the rich part. Maybe even the famous part. At least you knew Lorna before she banged her head from bouncing around her living room from excitement! I still can’t believe it–first time submitting to this contest. Go figure…

  29. Thanks so much. I plan to use it as springboard once I stop bouncing off the walls with excitement! And, hey, thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting. I hope to see you again soon. 🙂

  30. I travel with a gang of talented writers with a career of writing all around us–you and all my new-found blogging pals!

  31. I’m going around in circles wondering if this could possibly be true–but it looks legit! 🙂

  32. Thanks so much. I really don’t know what to say except that I don’t believe it. At least not yet. I live a charmed life–a wacky one–but a charmed one! 😉

    Keep writing and submitting. That’s my plan!

  33. Thanks so much! I’m still in the shock/denial phase. When it sinks in, I’m not sure what I’ll do! 😉

  34. I’m still wondering if it’s true! 😉

  35. Radical!!!! I agree with Jessica. Tons of talent. You go, girl.

  36. Congratulations, you Writer! That is simply incredible. Lap it up and let it be fodder for future days – especially if you have times when the muse deems defiant!

    I’d post those words at eye level, just above the computer screen!

  37. I’m gagging with envy. I’ve entered this competition several times and never even heard back. But after following your blog, how can I be surprised? You go, girl! Big things ahead!

  38. YOU GO GIRL!

  39. Oh, how marvelous…good luck. Writing talent and writing career – like any of us are suprised!!

  40. Congratulations! That’s amazing. Good for you for putting yourself out there in the first place, let alone doing so well in a big competition like that. Use it as a springboard and keep going!

  41. Woo Hoo!!! Kudos to you Lorna. I’m one of those folks who can say, I knew Lorna before she became rich and famous! 🙂

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