So what happened?
Well, I didn’t win. But I got a cool pin!
They give it to all first time finalists! I love the little maple leaf in the center!!
The ceremony was at the Can*Con convention in Ottawa in October, and while I planned to go to pick up my pin in person, some unfortunate and life-changing events made that impossible. They sent my pin in the mail and it felt no less special.
Thing is, I didn’t really worry about winning or not winning. Just the fact that my work was appreciated and noticed by others means a lot to me.
I guess the lesson here is: keep striving and keep doing what you love. And if you’re a writer, keep writing. Your words are doing something for someone out there!