I came back from holiday on Monday to find this month's issue of Writing Magazine in our post box. On flicking through, I discovered I had been shortlisted in their Real Time Short Story Competition, which was a nice surprise.
I'm particularly pleased because the story I submitted was science-fiction, which they don't often reward, unless it's a specifically sci-fi themed competition.
Back in November, I entered a competition to have one of my stories recorded by a company called Soundwork. I forgort all about it until this week, when I was tracking my outstanding submissions. I spotted a note I'd left for myself, saying I would need to check their website for the results - and, lo and behold, my story was shortlisted!
So, it just goes to show, you should always keep track of where you've submitted stories, and make sure to follow up on the response.
The very day I pretty much decided to abandon my novel as a 'useful first experiment', I got an email telling me I've been long-listed in the UK Novel Writing Competition!
Out of 3,112, mine has been selected along with 249 others to go forwards to the next stage of the competition.
So, yay! I'll find out if it makes the short-list in March. In the meantime, perhaps I should put the novel back on my list of projects for later in the year...
This month's issue of Writing Magazine arrived in the post today, and I was shortlisted in the Tight Situation Short Story Competition!
I'm particularly pleased with this result, because the story I entered went through a development process I'm planning to cultivate more often in my writing this year. I worked on it in several stages, giving my subconscious crew plenty of time and space to come up with ideas. Then, I sent it to a couple of people for feedback, and revised the story further, based on their comments.
So, it's good to know the process works and makes my work more likely to succeed.