Totally stunned, tears brim, head shakes in a slightly absent way - what, really?! Wow! The Ghost Boy, my short story about Jake Bennett, has actually gone and won the Bath Short Story Award! It did, it really did! I keep checking the page to make sure but it's definitely my title on there.
The link to the story is here: http://bathshortstoryaward.co.uk/
Dyer: I made the best sellers list!
Dyer's wife: You didn't, your book did.
This is such a great reminder that (good and bad), it's your work that's being judged in competitions and not you. With this in mind, I not only entered the Bath Novel Award - www.bathnovelaward.co.uk - I also entered a short story into the Bath Short Story Award - www.bathshortstoryward.co.uk
And when neither get short-listed or when both of them win (!), I will remember Wayne Dyer's wife's words of wisdom.
The problem with writing rapidly and getting so swept up in it you enter a competition? The story has some flaws which only occurred to me several days later...