Well, not great news. I didn’t make the shortlist. Five people out of thirty-two did, and I congratulate them heartily. It isn’t easy getting this far. I figure that only 1% of the entrants got long listed, so that’s something. And this is the second time I’ve been long listed in a row. And once a few years ago, I made the short list, which was incredible. But that said, I feel like a bit of a failure here. I know that’s unreasonable, but the story is really good. I felt it had a chance, but it obviously didn’t resonate with the judges. I’d really like to win one of these contests. It would mean the world – I’m just being honest about that. Anyway, I’m bummed. Feel slightly full of despair. But tomorrow everything will feel better. It almost always does. And there will be other stories coming down the pipe. There just will – and that joy of writing them will return. I know it will.
I suck! Sorry, I just had to say that.
Maybe I’ll post the long listed stories from last year and this year at some point. I don’t know. Be well, everyone. Keep at it.