Recently ninevoices entered half a dozen stories into a competition. They were good stories – at least we thought so – so we waited hopefully for the outcome. Might we sweep the board? There were three monetary prizes on offer, plus the consolation possibility of getting on their short list.

Reader, we bombed. No prizes. No shortlisting. Nada.

Yet the standard of writing was high. Some of ninevoices have won prizes and been published in the past, so we know we’re not totally hopeless. We just were’t offering what the judges were looking for on this occasion.

HOWEVER, the great thing about being in a writing group is that you aren’t allowed to even think of giving up. There are other competitions out there and we will be entering them. Watch this space.