Always A Runner-Up, Never A Winner

I’m sure some of you out there are waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat with a single question on your collective minds.  “What the heck has Laura E. Stacey accomplished recently?”  Well, sit back, relax, and let me tell you.

I entered the Martyn Godfrey Writing Award competition again.  And I won runner-up!  Again!  It’s almost suspicious…

Honestly, I didn’t expect to get any mention.  I mean, I won runner-up last year.  I was pretty sure they weren’t gonna pick the same person twice, lest they seem biased.  But, lo and behold, they did.  Maybe they forgot me.  As well, I wasn’t nearly as confident with my story this year as last year.  See, last year, they gave a theme, and I was proud as a peacock about how well I used it.  But this year… no theme.  Complete freedom to write what you like sounds like a blessing, but really, it’s an awful responsibility.  You’ve just got nothing to go off of when the only requirement is “funny”.  So, I’m trying for weeks to think of something, and just grasping at straws.  In the end, I decided upon a fairy tale parody I wrote in grade 7, “Sleeping Danger.”  Of course, I edited it to bring it up to standard, but it was still amateur, and only 600 and some words, a step above the bare minimum, and doesn’t that look bad.  But I guess they liked it!

Unfortunately, this year I don’t get to go to Wordsworth, no, such an honour is reserved for the real winners.  But, I do get a visit from an Albertan author who will speak at my school.  I’m sure my classmates will be thrilled to be dragged out of class and forced to sit on the floor for a few hours listening to someone they don’t know speak about a craft they most likely don’t care about.  But I’m looking forward to it!  I also get an award certificate at our schools next Awards Night.  Good to have some portfolio fodder, I suppose.  🙂

Ooh!  And I also got an interview from a local newspaper!  They really want to write about my almost award-winning!  I honestly wondered if that was the most interesting thing they had to write about, which would be rather sad.  I’m really not that big of a deal.  Hence the unpopularity of my blog.  But regardless, I was thrilled!  It’s so important for an author to build up “cred” which basically substitutes for an actual resume.  If you didn’t know, that’s actually the point of this blog.  I need to be KNOWN.  I may actually get the story published in another newspaper as well.  I feel like such a celebrity!

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One thought on “Always A Runner-Up, Never A Winner

  1. Joanne Brown says:

    VERY proud of you Laura!!!! I DO so enjoy reading your writing–you are obviously very skilled, winning two awards in two years! I particularly liked the metaphor in this blog: “portfolio fodder.” 🙂 Love ya, Joanne

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