"You are not a winner. Play again."
Nope. I didn't find this message on the under belly of a soda bottle cap. It was part of a winner's list email sent out for a non-fiction essay contest I entered several months before.
I didn't make the winner or the honorable mention list. A very nice "thank you" for participating was part of the email.
I wanted to make the list. I mean, who sends out their work to publications or contests and hopes it doesn't win or get published? (Seriously, if you do this, I would love to interview you.)
Not me. I want to win.
A win equals getting published.
All is not lost.
Remember that bottle cap says: Play again.
The essay is still mine.
I'll open it on my computer, re-read, revise and resubmit.