If he is one of the 11 lucky winners. (credits to that anonymous sweepstakes copy writer.)
Unfortunately for him, he was not selected to go on to round 2.
Well, I can't say it was much of a surprise. Over 11,000 would-be designers submitted their one page synopsis to WoTC a few months ago. Of these, 11 were selected for stage 2, which consists of ten page setting descriptions. If this were strictly a game of probability, I wouldn't have had much of a chance. Given that this was not a game of probability, I really didn't have much of a chance. I like to think that I am more literate than the average bear. I don't have any proof of this, but it is a comforting notion to me.
Regardless of the internal model of myself I have constructed, I'm not completely blind to external reality. There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of published fantasy writers out there. Some truly suck. The vast majority has some skill but is just good. A few handfuls are really gifted.
These handfuls blew my submission out of the water. They were proverbial hot knives through proverbial butter. They were 50 caliber depleted-uranium armor-piercing rounds to my melon-sized head.
Let us not even speak of talented newcomers with a knack for game design. Let us even discount the mass of professional hacks that could beat me out because they have experience and practiced instincts.
Truthfully, I don't really feel bitter about it. The submission that wins is going to be a great one. It's going to be one of those ideas that are so good that you fantasize about having come up with it yourself.
Also, since I didn't get to the next round, I'm using my all-powerful control over reality to SEND LIORA TO ROUND 2. I'll have to wait and see if this works...