MWC + Writing

Dear Salty Writers Who Also Didn’t Win MWC

Simply put, grow up

KSH
3 min readOct 16, 2021

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First, congratulations to all of the winners of the Medium Writer’s challenge. Each of you are deserving, and your wins are divinely yours and no one else’s.

A special shout out to fellow Writers and Editors of Color(WEOC) members Hal H. Harris for winning #MWC Work grand prize. To brian g gilmore (bumpyjonas), Casira Copes, for their honorable mentions, amazing work!

Just to brag a little, three members of our group received recognition for the same contest. Can any other group on Medium say that? This is one of the most amazing, talented, creative groups of writers on Medium. Period!

The title is a bit naughty, I know, but sometimes loving advice comes with a salty bite, a bitter pill to swallow.

One of my first thoughts this morning was that Randi Ragan, Sarah Hawthorne, Hal Harris, Meera Vijayann, and all honorable mentions are deserving of their win and prize. To say otherwise would suggest that the winners are not worthy, and wrongly calls into question the judgment of the people handpicked to make these decisions. That’s not to say that those of us who didn’t win are not deserving or as skilled in wordplay or storytelling as the writers of note. There were some amazing entries into MWC, so I’m sure the process must have been an exquisitely joyful experience.

Recently, I learned that if something you want doesn’t come to you, it means that it was not yours, to begin with by divine right, or it is not yours to have at that time.

The questions that came up for me were:

Was I ready for this win?

Had I trained and put in the work to have that prize be rightfully mine?

Would I have made appropriate use of a huge, sudden influx of cash?

Was I ready for the attention that I’d receive as a winner? Am I ready?

Many of you are ready and would make wonderful use of these prizes, but alas, the judges made a decision.

I absolutely would have been able to pay some pressing bills. I definitely would have been able to get my car repaired or get another that’s more reliable. I…

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KSH

I’m an ordinary woman, and #survivor #writing—existing in an extraordinary world. Fuck them lanes. #WEOC #BotBEditor introvert #POMpoet #TBIN #Poetry #Memoirs