Sometimes I forget just how time-consuming being a student is (especially with multiple pressing deadlines). I have been glancing at this blog thinking, “Gosh, I’ve got to write something down or else I may never get to it.” I wonder if that is what a lot of writers out there think when they write down an idea they’ve got circulating in their brain, begging to be made permanent with lead (sorry, graphite), ink or pixels?
Anyway, this post (though short it may be) is to serve to reassure (more me than you) that yes, indeed, the posts do go on.
Coming up: Brandon Sanderson, Art Gallery, dreams, time management, and…No-bake cookies.
I hope you have not written us out just yet!
-Robyn De‘ Wise
For those who may be wondering where my story has gone to, I have taken it down for now. I was so excited about this blog and since I have dreamed for so long to get my stories out there, I didn’t remember that, hey, maybe I should remember the rules of competitions better.
According to Writier’s Digest Short Story Competion’s Rules and Regulations (http://www.writersdigest.com/rules-regulations), I cannot submit a story that has been published elsewhere. Not remembering this rule, I posted my story on this blog. Aterward, I had this sort of itch in the back of my mind. As I thought about it, I recalled submitting that story earlier in December to Writer’s Digest. I thought to myslef, “Maybe I should double-check on the rules just to be sure.” I certainly wouldn’t want my first-ever submission to a story competition go sour and get disqualified due to a forgetful mistake. So, I looked and lo and behold, there it was, staring me in the face:
3. All entries must be in English, original, unpublished, and not submitted or accepted elsewhere at the time of submission. Writer’s Digest reserves one-time publication rights to the 1st- through 25th-place winning entries to be published in a Writer’s Digest publication. (italics added)
Needless to say, I had a slight panic as I really didn’t want to mess this up. Being a novice writer is kinda tough. So I have taken it down and sent an apologetic voicemail and email in the hopes that I will not be disqualified but still have an equal chance at getting any of the prizes. Really, I’d be ecstatic with even 25th place even if I don’t make the top 4. I can only hope for a good experience all around.
Here’s to hoping and here’s to the new year! Happy 2013 everyone!
-Robyn De‘ Wise