When I thought about what the judge must have thought looking at the photos of my piece, I laughed. They were funny, off-centered, one was slightly blurry. I was also a bit sad because the piece is better in real life (when you can hold it and read the text). But, I sent my pomegranate poem/book into a contest anyway. The prize: exhibition + purchase into the university's permanent collection.
Last Friday I received an email informing me the judge had selected my pomegranate book (among about 30 others) for exhibition and purchase!!!
I know you're probably bored of this story already, but the point is, I almost didn't send it in! I didn't have time! I barely got it there by the deadline! I almost said, Next year! I really wanted to say, Next year! because I've been permanently scarred by last minute, stressed-out MFA/PhD application mailings at the post office.
I will never say that again.