The shortlists were announced earlier this month and I am nowhere to be seen. This is not entirely surprising as I have never done much in writing contests before - a long-list here, an honourable mention there - but it is a little disconcerting.
Perhaps I am simply entering the wrong competitions. Perhaps the pieces I am submitting are just not what they are looking for.
Or maybe I'm wrong and I'm just not good enough.
Nah. Can't be that.
Momentary crisis averted. Onwards...