So, I don't think I had the blog yet when this happened, but I was selected as a semi-finalist for the 2011 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference. I didn't know how many people applied and I was pretty sure I wouldn't get in because they only accept eight people a year but I was very honored to be a semi-finalist. I just found out that I did not make the final cut. Today, I received one of the nicest, kindest, most supportive rejections letters I have ever received, and I get rejected a lot (welcome to being a writer).
I want to thank the O'Neill committee for being so completely nice and thoughtful. As a person struggling to start a career in a competitive field where rejection is par for the course, it's nice to receive encouragement from a large and prestigious organization. So thank you, it means a lot.
Also, I found out today that there were over one THOUSAND applicants this year and that I made it into the top three hundred. I'm getting there. One day, I will have a career as a writer. I promise.