A few contests have been releasing the latest results. Sadly, my fantasy-comedy didn’t advance in some of them.
Disappointing, but just the way it is. Subjectivity and all that.
I know more than a few writers who are still in the running, and I wish them all the best. It’s important to be supportive and encouraging for others’ success. They earned it, and it’s how I’d want to be treated if the situation were reversed.
As I indulge in some introspection (and another round of script analysis), this is a great reminder that success on one front does not guarantee it in another.
Lots of writers do well in contests, but only a small fraction see it lead to bigger and better things.
I know writers who’ve won or placed highly in some major contests, gotten representation and meetings with producers as a result, but even years later are still struggling to move things forward. It happens.
There are also those who have had nothing happen, which also happens.
It’s natural to feel jealous and frustrated when you see other writers making progress, and you’re not – for contests or otherwise. So you hunker down and try to get better.
And even though that other writer made it a little farther than you did, there’s a chance the next stage could be where things stop for them.
If they keep advancing, good for them.
The odds are already against us from the get-go; even just finishing a script is more than some writers accomplish.
When this sort of thing happens, I gripe/stew/lament about it for a short period of time, accept it, and move on with the mindset of “how can I make this better so as to increase my chances the next time around?”
It helps. Both myself and the script.
With more and more contests announcing the latest results in the coming months, no matter what happens, do your best to be ready.