Worst of all, where the bonuses motivated me to keep writing, the contest leaves me with a sense of despair. I feel why bother taking part, when there’s only a tiny chance of winning? It’s a lot of effort for what will likely be zero reward.
The bonuses motivated me to write more too! As a technical writer, the contest isn’t relevant to me since I don’t typically write essays. I don’t plan to publish anything this month.