Awards and Rewards

Post by Doris McCraw

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As I’ve been watching the ‘TONY’ awards tonight, the topic I had been playing with coalesced. The thought of receiving awards for what we do may only be surpassed by the rewards we get for doing it. Or perhaps not.

Let’s begin with a definition of the two words:

Award according the American Heritage dictionary means – Something awarded or granted, as for merit

Reward according to the same dictionary means – something paid to a person for the return of something or A consequence that happens to someone as a result of worthy or unworthy behavior

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We are involved in a creative industry. one that can be very competitive

Much like the award shows that honor excellence in performing, we as writers are also in competition with others who follow this creative path.

In a live performance, it is rarely just one person. There are so many who contribute to a successful show. While writing is considered a lonely profession, if we are honest with ourselves there are many who are involved in what we do. Our family, our friends, editors, publishers, and the people who are the inspiration for what we write.

Would be be honored to receive and award for what we do? I would guess the answer would be yes.


Can we be happy with the reward we get by doing and having our work out there?

That answer is a very personal one. For me, yes. As an actor, I received many an accolade for my work. As a singer, the same can be said. Still, it was the act of doing the work that was the most joyous part. When on stage, the world fell away and I was wrapped up in the joy of the moment.

As some may know the phenomenon known as “Hamilton” is huge in this year’s awards. Here is a clip of the author talking about his inspirations: To me this is the joy of doing, following the passion. Sometimes you get awards, sometimes you don’t.

So do you want awards or rewards?

For myself, I know the rewards I get are internal. No one can take them away. Would it be nice to be an award-winning author, well, I’ve had that also. Of the two, reward wins. When I hear a reader say they enjoy my work, that means so much. To move, to educate, to bring a smile or tear, that is the reward I love.

Here’s to finding your voice, your star, your awards and rewards. The dreams we have are not impossible. It is the journey and the people we share that trip with along the way that make anything possible. I end with a piece to make you smile:

Angela Raines is the pen name for Doris McCraw. In addition to Historical Romance, Doris also writes haiku, posted five days a week at:  She has posted over one thousand haiku.“One Christmas Knight” Medieval Anthology

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24 thoughts on “Awards and Rewards

  1. I’ve rarely entered any competitions. Awards, while they would probably help my sales, are just something I don’t seek. For me, it’s the joy of storytelling and the individuals who enjoy it. I got an email yesterday from someone who loved my latest book. That was all the award I need.


    1. Joe,
      When it comes to creativity I feel the same way. I aim for the joy I get in creating and an honored when someone else responds.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on awards and rewards. Doris


  2. I entered my first two books in writing contests before they were published and “won” several awards. That probably encouraged a few agents to look at my stuff. (Unfortunately, they didn’t know what to do with it.) But my biggest rewards are good reviews where readers say they enjoyed my work. It would be nice to have a significant financial reward but that probably isn’t going to happen. Won’t stop me from keeping on writing.


    1. Kate,
      Congratulations on the awards. They are nice. I also love the idea of a significant financial reward. Still, I’m with you, we keep on writing, don’t we? Doris


  3. I agree with Kate that a great reward is getting a complimentary book review. I also find it greatly rewarding when I have a return customer at my Craft Fairs buying a second or subsequent book. Being a finalist in The people’s Book Award and attending the prestigious Awards Ceremony dinner in London was something quite special- though I’ve not put my books forward for more than a couple of awards, so far. Financial reward these days is incredibly difficult to achieve in writing – as many of us already know.


    1. Nancy,

      I know your books are award winner and I am so happy for you. I think you are one of the really lucky ones who not only gets awards, but great rewards from you readers. Congratulations and here’s to some wonderful readers and rewards.. Doris


  4. Lovely reflection on what it is I seek with my own work. Awards are sometimes overrated, but then it takes awards to get recognized by different audiences. I believe that with awards comes blessings and rewards. It doesn’t happen overnight and when it is done is the most beautiful, caring way, the God of the Universe answers our calling.


    1. Darrah, I am glad you resonated with what I had to say. Sometimes we get so caught up with the one, we forget the other. May you continue to receive both. Doris


  5. Wonderful piece, Doris! Sometimes the green-eyed monster tries to raise its nasty head when the “awards” and accolades go to others… but then I meet parents, teachers, and children who compliment, read my words, and make me smile — and yes, those rewards are truly the benefits that make the heart and soul sing. Continued blessings in all your creative endeavors!


    1. Gayle, I am thrilled that you are getting such a great reaction to your work. Yes, that green-eyed monster does like to raise its head, but…
      Thank you and to your continued success also. Doris


  6. Hello Doris,

    Good post. I know I want awards, because it is a physical manifestation of success or at least perceived quality. Somebody else saying something for me so I don’t have sell myself (or the work) as hard. I sometimes get self conscious with compliments, but it’s better than silence. 🙂


    1. Travis,
      Awards are nice, and helpful. I have to say, you added an additional dimension to the discussion. Thank you for that. Doris


    1. Neva, they really are very similiar, but…
      Like you, I prefer the rewards. It means more, I think. Still, winning an award is also pretty nice, and like Travis said, in writing it can help to extend the reach. Doris


    1. Linda, That is true about awards, they can take them away. Rewards are well, rewarding. Thanks also for the good wishes. May they be returned to you tenfold. *Smile* Doris


  7. I loved this post. I think I appreciate the rewards more probably because I have yet to receive an award or be nominated for one (okay, I won 3rd place in the Deadly Ink Short Story contest in 2007 but that’s so long ago!). Someone who I don’t know buying my book – and buying it after I spoke on a panel and they say they liked what I said, that’s a HUGE reward for me. That’s all I need. Awards are nice and everything and hey, I wouldn’t say no to one but I am extremely happy with hearing things like “I couldn’t put your book down and it kept me up all night.”


    1. Sarah,

      First off, congratulations on having such great fans of your work. I always get a bit disconcerted when people say they enjoy my work. You are correct, there is something about connecting with people that makes everything else seem not as important. Thank you for sharing and, 2007 isn’t that long ago. The award was a presage to a great career. Doris


  8. I won several journalism awards back in the day. A couple of first places in Florida in the mid-1980s and a second-place in North Carolina in 2013. The plaques are packed away in the closet… no ambition to dig them out and hang them on the wall. I admit receiving an award for a novel would increase sales and help reinforce that my creative writing isn’t bad.


    1. Mike,
      Congratulations on those awards, and to winning one for your novels. I will be putting in a word for you…*smile*. Doris


  9. Awards are nice, but rewards are GREAT! For me rewards come in a variety of forms. When I am approached at a public event and engaged in conversation by someone who has been inspired by my work that is a great reward. They may pick up a pen, or a camera, or volunteer, or even pursue a passion of their own.

    Another reward I have experienced is passing by a location where I helped plant trees in the past and seeing those trees taller and stronger, and standing proud. I am definitely a reward type of person.


    1. I’m with you. Awards are nice, and I appreciate them, but the rewards those are so personal. May life continue to give you rich rewards S J. Doris


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