And the winner is not me

14 Sep

It’s a rite of passage, growing too old to ever win the Vogel. And not that I ever entered it. And not that I begrudge others their young successes. And so forth.

But every year, it gives me the shits. Being too old, before I stopped being young.

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11 Responses to “And the winner is not me”

  1. Laura September 14, 2007 at 2:44 pm #

    I’m 34, and I’ll be 35 before the next round. (Not that I’ve ever tried to write a novel.) But I think this is quite lucky for me, since I’ll never be tempted say anything to give the RN-listening public the strong impression I deliberately set out to write a prize-winning novel (as opposed to, like, one that’s good to read.)

  2. meli September 14, 2007 at 5:36 pm #

    well, i did enter, but didn’t get anywhere. they didn’t even send me a smiley face. overrated, i say. 🙂

    is it happy birthday, then?

  3. Pavlov's Cat September 14, 2007 at 7:42 pm #

    If it makes you young things feel any better, the Vogel has been going for so long that even I remember being young enough to enter, if only I’d actually written a novel, which of course I hadn’t. And that was when the cutoff age was only 30.

  4. Pavlov's Cat September 14, 2007 at 7:42 pm #

    If it makes you young things feel any better, the Vogel has been going for so long that even I remember being young enough to enter, if only I’d actually written a novel, which of course I hadn’t. And that was when the cutoff age was only 30.

  5. kim at allconsuming September 14, 2007 at 8:35 pm #

    I was only thinking that exact thought a few weeks back. And how bummed I am at me for not getting my shit together and having had a book written by now.

  6. Ariel September 14, 2007 at 9:51 pm #

    I’ve heard that thought voiced a few times in the last couple of years. Funny kind of milestone for writers, that one, isn’t it?

  7. suse September 15, 2007 at 2:58 pm #

    I have a very dear interstate friend with the same first name as you, and she is a writer too. I remember her saying that exact same thing a few years ago. When I read this blogpost I thought for one crazy instant that maybe you and she are the same person, but then I remembered that photo you posted last week. It’s a good thing you posted it or I would have been sure you are she. Or vice versa.

    Now I’m confused.

  8. suse September 15, 2007 at 2:59 pm #

    That was a very incoherent comment.

    Sorry. Back in my box now.

  9. fifi September 15, 2007 at 8:15 pm #

    I fel exactly the same, though that cutoff date came and went and here I am no longer a young and struggling artiste but an olde and struggling one.

    suse that was funny.

  10. ThirdCat September 17, 2007 at 10:43 am #

    meli – are you entering it in the festival awards? I can’t get the link to work, but arts.sa.gov.au if you don’t already know it about it

    I think it’s very interesting that they raised the age from 30 to 35, but I’ll stop now, before I start saying things which would sound like sour grapes no matter how much I detailed it wasn’t (sour grapes)

    as far as I know, suse, we’ve not met except virtually

    fifi, we aren’t olde – we are experienced

  11. meli September 17, 2007 at 5:12 pm #

    thanks thirdcat, in fact i am – well actually my long-suffering parents are. very good secretaries (which is necessary when they ask for four copies! ???). i’ve decided that if i send it somewhere every six months (agents included, one rejection in that camp already) maybe it will get somewhere in the end. i need to keep this up for ten years cos that’s how long it took me to finish it… i’ve been put in my place though now. i’m not expecting anything.

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