At the beginning of the month we shared the wonderful news that Sarah had been shortlisted in the Exeter Novel Competition. A tremendous achievement, and well-deserved, since Sarah is not only talented, but spends long hours making sure her work is always spot-on.

Some of our followers may have picked up that I, too, entered that competition, though I failed to make even the long list. I am proud of the fact that, rather than retreating to my lair with some long dressmakers’ pins and an effigy of Sarah, I ran around my house (almost) whooping with joy. An achievement for one of ninevoices is always an achievement for us all.

Today I have learned that my novel The Gingham Square has been shortlisted in the Spotlight Adventures in Fiction Competition. Great news.

Both of these competitions were featured in our monthly Competitions to Enter posts – so do look out for future opportunities. We have proved that they CAN be grasped.