My PNWA submission deadline’s come and gone. I mailed off the 28 pages earlier this week and just received confirmation the office received the package.
Now I wait for June to see if I made the cut into the finalist’s round. Everything’s out of my hands.
Part of me is glad to finally get it done. I’d read and re-read the darn thing so many times my self-editing switch finally flipped off. There’s nothing to do but kick it upstairs to a fresh set of eyes.
The other part of me is nervous knowing the judges are looking for anything and everything to kick my submission out of competition. Did I clearly follow the directions? Does my summary keep them interested enough read on? Does the first chapter hook them in? Do the next chapters keep the action going? Can the judges see my character development?
I can’t answer that. What I can say is I did the best I could.
And all the efforts put into making my work as crisp and clean and interesting as possible are helping to deepen the rest of the book. I know what I need to do to make my characters more flawed, more human, more believable.
Time to get back to work. There’s a lot more polishing to be done.