Well, Tara from the post after the post below is happy. I got done with her story a whole month before it was due for the contest. I am pleased with it, having followed the guidelines to the letter. It's now my second story I have submitted in for a prize. The contest was supposted to have taken place but I am waiting to see what goes on. The contest is actually on a Yahoo Group. They posted elements you must have in the story like...a ghost floating over a grave or a child giggling...and you had to incorporate this into the story. The people told everyone to email the entries in to this lady on October 20th, which I did. And they were suppost to give each entry a number and post them without author names allowing people to vote. So far I sent the story in and have heard nothing. I am getting nervous.
To tell the truth, this Yahoo Group had 8 different elements in a file they sent me when I joined their group in June. 8 elements for the Halloween story contest. I thought it was early for the contest but supposed that people needed the time to write. I went ahead and wrote up what I consider one of my favorite stories I have written so far on that first guide line file. When I asked questions in an email to this group manager after I finished my story...I got no reply. It was a big surprise to see new guidelines posted a month and a half later. I guess the file they sent me were the old guidelines but it really did upset me more that this lady I emailed, couldn't even take the time to email me back. Well, I am a forgiving person and dont like holding grudges so I let it go and wrote Tara's story. Now there's no word from this lady once again in email or in her Yahoo Group. I definitely understand about having a hectic and busy life but would it kill her to post in the group or email everyone to let them know what's going on? *Sighs* Anyhow, I am going to keep watch for another week and a half and then post aloud in the group asking about the contest. If this lady has no intention of using my story, I am taking it elsewhere and will leave the group. Cross your fingers that everything will turn out, would you please?