After winning a contract with Seal Press through a She Writes-sponsored contest last spring and submitted my final manuscript in August, I had one big fear: that I would not be edited enough.
Being a self-taught creative writer without an MFA, I had little confidence that I would be accepted at highly selective writing workshops. But once there, I learned that plenty of people like me do get in.
For several years, I’d been telling myself not to participate in any more submission calls or literary contests unless they helped move my memoir on Nepal forward. I’m too easily distracted and had to keep my focus on my book.