ACFW Genesis Contest, A Learning Experience
This week, I submitted my ACFW Genesis contest entry, and now I’m crossing my fingers so hard they’re cramping. Maybe I’ll win, probably I won’t, but either way, I’ve learned a great deal through the effort.
What I Learned from the ACFW Genesis Contest:
- Critiques make all the difference – Even when I think my work has reached the flawless stage, my critique partners find errors that I never would’ve seen . . . usually many of them.
- Deadlines are the bomb – Since I waited until the last minute, I’ve had a tiny glimpse of what it’s like to write under a deadline. I’ve learned I can survive under those conditions.
- Genesis Contest entrants are nice people – Most critiques and advice came from other contest entrants. They’re not a ruthlessly competitive bunch over there at ACFW. It’s all about giving and receiving knowledge so that everyone can better their writing.
- No matter how well I do in the contest, I’ve already won - Just from the submission process, I’ve improved my writing, learned a few formatting tips, made contacts that will help me in the future, and had tons of fun.
- I still want to win, though – Don’t get me wrong, placing in the contest would outshine the previous bullet.