I received one of these in Saturday's mail. Well, it was bigger than this--mine is 9 x 12--and it was thicker than the one pictured here. And it had more things stamped on the outside, which makes me think it was on its way to me for a while. Just guessing this envelope has been traveling more than I have. So basically it looked nothing like this picture except it was the same color, and it had papers inside.
Wanna know what's in it? (Boy, I really hope so!)
What's in it are entries for the Kentucky-Ohio-West Virginia Romance Writers' Bold as Brass writing contest. And judging sheets.
So Saturday I held this in my hands, standing in the middle of the sitting room, thinking to myself, "Did I volunteer to judge? I meant to volunteer to judge, but I don't remember actually doing it." So I emailed one of my pals over there, and she emailed back. No, I didn't remember to volunteer, but I get to judge anyway. Well, how cool is that?
So, okay, this is for real. I have entries to read and judge. Other KYOWA members are doing the same. More than one judge reads each entry, and their scores are averaged. I've only entered one contest, and didn't fare well (my fault; should have listened to My Writing Conscience). But I did get very helpful feedback. It was an exciting, scary experience, and now I'm on the other side of the score sheet.
Of course I feel inadequate for the task, swamped yet again in self doubt. I shuffle again through the papers, and actually manage to focus on a slim packet whose heading says, "Do I know enough to judge?" Well, good. At least they know who they're dealing with.