I got an e-mail about two weeks ago from the Great Expectations contest, saying that I was a finalist in the inspirational category.
I think I’m still in the stage of not believing it happened.
I had a week to review judges’ comment, make changes to my submission, and then send it back for the final round. I got it in a day early, as I’m always concerned about unforeseen items like having power knocked out by snow. Of course, when I woke up the following morning, I thought of a change I wished I’d made and tried to ignore the thought. I wrote my thank you notes to my judges and went back to editing the rest of the manuscript.
It’s not my first contest final. I have a few final placements, and was blessed to have a couple of wins, with two other manuscripts. However, this new manuscript is only in its second contest. I was not expecting it to make it to the finals.
Particularly as it has nothing to do with Japan.
Publishing a novel set in medieval Japan has been my focus for several years. I love the history of that time period, particularly the time known as “The Christian Century.” Historicals set in Japan have worked well in numerous genres, but it’s untried in inspirationals. For years, I’ve been determined to make it happen.
People have told me that I need to find something else to get published in first, then push my Japan stories when the opportunity arises. I’ve tried working on other projects, but they don’t propel me as much as my Japan projects. It made me wonder if I really put my writing soul into my non-Japan projects.
My final in Great Expectations, written for the genre of Biblical fiction, suggests that maybe I do put a lot of my soul into my writing.
And maybe I’m a little closer to getting that contract for a full-length novel.
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