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Contests & Activities: August 22, 2012 Issue [#5215]

Contests & Activities

 This week: Embrace Rejection
  Edited by: Octobersun
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There was a day, last week or a decade ago, that you typed "writing" into your search engine. You wanted to show off some of your poems, short stories, or maybe even get feedback for a whole novel. You found
On this site, you found all that you searched for: Portfolio space, helpful reviewers, encouraging groups, style and grammar lessons from peers. Nothing prepared you for the amazing bounty of: Contests & Activities!

Embrace Rejection

Rejection, losing, harsh critique - it's all part of winning.

How is rejection part of winning? There is a saying that tells you not to consider the odds. How about we turn that on its head and actually consider the odds, but with a twist. Let me tell you about some people whom we regard as winners who started out as losers.

Stephen King submitted "Carrie" 30 times until he found a publisher for it. Have you ever heard of the Civil War epic "Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell? She got turned down 38 times. If you live in the United States, you've probably come across one or another version of "Chicken Soup for the Soul." Imagine Jack Canfield had listened to the 140 editors who rejected him. This list could go on and on, but I am sure you're getting my point. Rejection is nothing but a notch on your belt. The more notches, the closer to success you are!

Writing.Com allows us to put anything we want into our portfolio. Although this is a peer to peer review site, this is a form of self-publishing. You allow others to read your offerings with the benefit that you can actually get feedback on your writing and learn what works and what doesn't work. There really is only one way to lose in any contest on this site. It's not entering in the first place.

Yes, you may enter into ten contests and not get a single ribbon, merit badge, or even good star ratings. But you get seen. The contest host will at least let you know briefly what they liked and what they didn't like. Other members on the site may stop by and send you a review. Each of these entries you have under your belt started with you planning *Checkg* writing *Checkg* revising and editing *Checkg* submitting (publishing) *Checkg*. Wow! Look at you! You are a writer. An author.

Now that you have accomplished the most important requisites for success, stay with it. Keep writing and submitting. Keep getting turned down. Roll with the punches and get right back up. The contests page is full with member-run contests. So many personalities, so many tastes, so many possibilities and opportunities for you to get those rejection notches on your belt and come out a winner. There is that one reader who will "get" your story and like it above the others and put it in lights on their contest page.

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