Bad news is never fun, but I figured I should mention I got some more. I didn’t win Glimmer Train Press’ August Short Short Story Contest. The results came out Thursday of last week. It was my first contest that I have ever entered. So, I guess entering a contest is itself kinda good news. Glimmer Train Press receives hundreds of entries for their contests. Not making the Top 25 doesn’t mean my writing is bad. It just means I need to do something else to get my work noticed with Glimmer Train Press.
I also realized something very interesting. Short Short Stories is an extremely hard genre. Have you ever tried telling a complete story in under 6,000 words? Oh, and not a children’s story? It seems impossible. I don’t know. Maybe I just enjoy being wordy. (Alright, I like using lots of words.) A whole story in 6,000 words turns out to be a lot of work. I wasn’t expecting that little issue.
Oh well, live and learn. There is always another contest to enter and another story to write.