I've never been really good at handling disappointment. Which isn't good if you want to be a writer. You can't win every contest, or even place in the top ten all the time.
The past two writing contests I've entered I didn't win.
On the positive side the feedback from the 48 hour screenwriting contest shows I improved dramatically in the areas I was weak in the first time I submitted a screenplay.
At first I was so disappointed I didn't make it to round two. But then I reminded myself that I should read the judge's feedback and see if I agree or not...I did.
The feedback actually encouraged me. "solid scenes, well drawn characters, crisp dialogue."
Huge improvement over "flat characters, weak protagonist".
Even though I didn't make it to the second round I feel my writing has grown and that's the direction I need to be headed in.