My response was as follows:
"No one wins everything all the time. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Depending on what the judges are looking for and their personal aesthetics and the judging criteria, even the most stunning creations might not place. One thing is for certain: If you don't enter, you can't win. So give it a try and cross your fingers!"
Here are some pieces that I recently made for a competition. None of them placed. Even though none of them won anything, I'm quite pleased with how they turned out and think that they're just lovely. I had a lot of fun making them and developed some new tricks along the way!
And without further ado, here are my beautiful losers:
When I made this necklace, it was in height of "leaf-peeking season". I didn't want to do the traditional autumnal color palette, and instead went with shades of garnet, lavender, opalescent rose, and silver. I think the necklace turned out very juicy and I love feel of this piece. I could play with it all day.