I was The Best. And then I was filled with a new thrill. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: But in grad school, surrounded by astonishingly accomplished and talented writers, I found that no matter how hard I tried, my best would never make me The Best again. You are commenting using your Twitter account. I decided to check my email on my phone. Just like the other odd students.

I was betting that after reading literally hundreds of applications—probably filled with some pretty serious writing—the Graduate Committee was going to read my manuscript submissions and laugh. Like most writers, I am close friends with Rejection. You are commenting using your WordPress. Just like that, I went from what seemed utter obscurity to a state of acknowledgement, validation, and acceptance. Then I started taking workshops and I realized that we were all The Best.

Normally, when the camp is deeply divided in a workshop, it means that something needs to change.

You are commenting using your Google account. Now that I think back, that is probably exactly what happened. And I was happy for them. Andreas requires that everyone submit a re-write of each assignment. When he wrote back and told me to change everything back to the way it was except for conest sentence, I knew the piece was ready.

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But not in a bad way; more like in a relieved way. You are commenting using your Twitter account. I decided to check my email on my phone. Notify me of new posts via email.

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By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. After I submitted my application, I realized that I was never, ever, ever going to get in. But it was my first. Cobtest doubt, my writing stood out from the mass of serious writing because it was funny and lighthearted and that made it different. The judges were hugely impressed with your ability to tackle the difficult subject of grief in a way that was stasbler but not melodramatic and overall felt that it was a thoughtful, original and well-crafted piece.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Andreas Schroederour Creative Non-Fiction writing instructor, sat back and watched the argument boil. I was betting that after reading literally hundreds of applications—probably filled with some pretty serious writing—the Graduate Committee was going to read my manuscript submissions and laugh.

Different enough to get noticed. No, the program only had one person who was The Best and I was most certainly not staehler.

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here This site uses cookies. When I got into the program, I was nervous and excited, but also confident. They probably did laugh.

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What if I was short-listed?! And then I was filled with a new thrill. The workshop was divided, literally, in half. Yes, I know it was just one contest.

I assumed it would be another rejection, and although I was bummed, I looked at the date and realized that I still had time to submit it to another contest.

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As an editor at a literary magazine, I was skeptical that they would cc someone on a rejection letter. In the past, if I needed to succeed at something that was difficult, I just tried harder. And you always remember your first, right?

“A Different River” wins the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest

Like most writers, I am close friends with Rejection. I only submitted in two genres three is recommended contwst, creative nonfiction and screenplay. I went through the comments given to me by my fellow students and made some changes and submitted my re-write to Andreas.

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