Competition season – although there isn’t really a strict period where competitions start and stop – at least my competition season – is over. I think I didn’t do too shabbily, either.

I made the longlist for the Exeter Writer’s Prize, with my short story ‘The Neighbours’

I made the longlist for the Sunderland Short Story Award, with my short story ‘The Architect’

and I made the shortlist for the Short Fiction Award, run by the Short Fiction Journal, with my longer-but-still-short piece ‘Hino a Iansa/ Hymn to the Water Goddess’.

Onwards and upwards, as they say.