The last time I entered a writing contest was when I was 15. I had always wanted to write and I jumped at the chance to enter a local competition. My dream was to read the news on TV. To me, working my way up from a local journalist to get the necessary experience to sit in a comfortable studio wearing a trouser suit with a designer label was all that I ever wanted.
I ended up winning the Young Journalist Award as awarded by the Manchester Evening Newspaper that I entered. I thought this was the stepping stone to a career that I always wanted. For many reasons, it turned out that it wasn’t. One of which was that I was a very shy teenager who grew up into an adult with low-self esteem. It just wasn’t destined to happen.
I never lost my interest in writing and it was secretly my dream to give up my job in finance (dull and boring) and spend my life locked in my study tapping away at the keyboard creating imagined worlds. But dreams don’t become a reality if you don’t do anything about them.
About 2 years ago I found a writing group where I have found supportive, like-minded people who are great fun to be with and also it has given me the opportunity to dedicate time for writing instead of excuse making.
It wasn’t until 2019 that I decided to own the fact that I am a write and writing is what I enjoy the most in life. I no longer feel like the geeky kid in school, hiding away scribbled stories in secret notebooks that no one would ever read.
That’s why I decided to enter my first writing competition since my small victory as a 15-year-old three days ago. The guidelines were very vague: a piece between 250 and 1000 words, any genre and any topic. There was definitely room for creative license but not many words to do it in.
I’m pleased with the piece I entered. I also think that it could be the beginning of a story novel because I like the character in the story so much. Will it win a prize? I don’t think it matters. I would be over the moon if it did but simply entering the competition is a success and another sign that I see myself as a writer. Of course, you will be the first to know if I do get a prize (being published in a short anthology is part of the prize). If not I will publish my story here for you to enjoy!