When you’re a writer, how do you actually know your work is good? One of the crowning endorsements is winning an award. When we win an award by people who judge writing for a living, we know our work stacks up against other excellent writers.
Well, that has been my recent experience. I had never won an award for my writing before but I saw an ad earlier this year and decided to take the leap. I entered two of my books in several different categories that I thought were a good fit. And then, I waited. It was 5 long months. I wrote the date on my calendar and said a silent prayer. When that day came, there was no email in my inbox. I was disheartened but decided to go online and check out the winners. I went to their website and scrolled through the list. There my book was in 2nd place! Later, I read that they didn’t send out emails. I wish I had read that detail earlier.
I felt validated finally. It’s like in Pinocchio when he says, “I’m a real boy.” That’s how I felt, “I’m a real author.” The Awards Ceremony held in Miami during the Miami International Book Fair was spectacular. There were other winning authors in attendance, some more well known than others. Some who had multiple times and others, like me, who were winning their first award. I felt like I was being inducted into an elite club. It was a magical experience.
None of this meant to just brag about being a winner, it’s more the fact that I want to encourage you to also enter contests and experience the joy I have experienced! Believe in yourself. Believe in your work. And just go for it!!
And come back here and leave me a message about your award(s). I would love to hear about your experience and celebrate with you!