Well yesterday I received a response in the mail from the Writers of the Future contest. My entry, "Moon Feast," was not a finalist for this quarter's top three.
I had a feeling my very...unique fantasy story might not be what they were looking for, but I thought I'd give it a shot anyway. So for now, my lovely, but different short story, will cool its heels for a bit. Don't worry, I have in mind a place where I can use it later.
Though no one likes to get rejected, I will admit to having fun at least trying even if my style is not the judges' cup of tea.
The moral of the story: Rejections are a dime a dozen. Do not let it keep you from pursuing your dreams.