Congrats to the five finalists and 20 Editors’ Choice winners!
That being said…I also didn’t make it. :-( I was kind of upset when I first saw that; it isn’t easy seeing all of one’s hard work apparently come to naught. But my big brother pointed out something that I thought I should share with everyone else who tried their best but didn’t make it:
You wrote a book.
It might not have been the book the Henson Company wanted. It may not have been in the direction they wanted the franchise to go. But that doesn’t mean you failed or that what you wrote was bad. At the very least, you have the beginnings of a book or a hell of a short story, if you didn’t write out the entire story first and then pick what you wanted from it. And that’s a helluva accomplishment, especially with 3 months to write if you started in October.
So I’m going to spend March editing my Dark Crystal story and then posting it in the fanfic section. Or at least providing a link to it (since it’s, like, 200 pages.) And everyone? Keep writing. Keep being creative. Because you are awesome.
(Many thanks to UrYar for sharing that Buzzfeed article. That helped a lot.)