Dear Sarah,

Thank you for entering the — Competition 2013. With over three thousand entries in all media, the decisions were difficult to make. The judges met in late March and chose a small group of semifinalists. We are sorry to tell you that your work was not selected by the jury.

We hope that you will understand that the quality of the submitted work was very high, and the decision making process was a grueling one for the judges. We cannot discuss the judges’ decisions.

We appreciate your participation, and encourage you to consider entering again in 2016. Please remember that the jury changes with each Competition. We wish you the very best in your career, and look forward to seeing your work in future Competitions.

Thank you.

Well, I worked hard on my sculpture, took some risks, learned a lot, slept only a little, and got rejected. It’s hard, but there is another competition on the horizon. So, I’m spending my day finishing up some old pieces that got pushed into the basement by more pressing matters.

It is very important not to put too much stock in sculpture competitions and just keep pressing on. Now, where are my tools?

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