This week I won a flash fiction contest. I have always been more of a journalist, poet and songwriter. It's taken me over 10 years to get here with fiction, but here I am. I was soooo surprised. It's just a workshop I'm a part of and I was voted top poet sometime last year and top reviewer around the same time, but that was for poetry. This is awesome. The last two things I remember winning: 1. honorable mention in another poetry contest(got me published about 5 yrs ago) 2. honorable mention in my first poetry contest(when I was like 17) What about you? Have you put yourself out there to even be considered a winner? I know I've only entered a tiny few writing contests, let alone fiction. I recommend getting involved in a real community and not just submitting blindly to some place. Knowing the editors or judges and what they like helps a lot. But honestly I just wrote what I wrote, with no real clue of what the judges would be into. Though I've been apart of the community for awhile. It was nice. I want more stories of success or at least some of you to go out there and create/submit/allow people to experience your talent. Who knows what might come out of it.