A week ago, I entered a short story contest on The Write Practice (a fantastic blog for writers). The prize was that your story would be published in an anthology. A. REAL. PRINTED. BOOK!!!Of course, I couldn’t let this opportunity pass me by, so when part of the contest required getting as many “Likes” as possible on your story in order to stand out to the judges, I reached out to my friends for help.

Unfortunately, I didn’t win the contest, but I still feel on top of the world. This is because I can’t believe how much amazing support I received from all my friends. There were over 60 Likes on my story and the judge even got in touch with me to tell me I was so lucky to have such a strong support group! The many great comments and feedback on “Winter’s End” were also unbelievable. A friend even sent me a message letting me know that she related a lot to my main character, Kai, after going through a similar loss as her. It was amazing to know that something Iwrote could touch someone like that.

I’ve never shared my stories with people before, let alone joined a contest to actually have someone openly judge something I’ve written. Doing something like that is a lot like standing naked in front of a football stadium full of people and expecting them not to laugh at you. It’s a nerve-wracking, gut-wrenching and downright frightening experience.

This is why I am so grateful to my friends, my wonderful support group. Thank you so much for reading my story, “Winter’s End,” for liking it and getting me noticed by the blog editors (Have I told you yet that it got Honourable Mention?!). And for also being so excited for me whenever I talk about what I’m writing, for thinking that it’s cool to pursue being an author instead of a more stable, “realistic” career, and for pretty much being the inspirations for all of my stories.

I know that I’m going to be a success because I have all of you. So, thank you, thank you, thank you <3

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