I have won first places in writing contests. Once you win them it gets much tougher to win first places again. I know from experience. I have been there. The contests are like you have a coach as a drill Sargeant who argues to his players to play better and none of that nice talk because it doesn’t work to win with your potential. I never give up and keep on entering writing contests hoping to win first place every time. I know it’s difficult but you will be surprised that once you win it your prayers are answered. I love to compete because it’s healthy. In the future I will win more first places because I believe in myself.