I just received the acceptance email from my first juried National Competition. I was one of 65 chosen out of 225 for "Art Visions 2010". It's put on by the Central Okanagan Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists that I belong to. It's juried by top artists from other chapters.
I never expected I'd be accepted but thought I should start entering these bigger competitions with the hope that someday I might get lucky. This just goes to show all my insecure artist friends, miracles do happen.