Apologies for my recent silence. I went away for Easter and was too busy doing Easter stuff (enjoying the sunshine and eating chocolate mostly) to blog. I did write, however and I'll post a Novel Update post after this one.
First, the good news...
The competition result that I mentioned last week? It was the Cotswold Writing Circle short story competition and one of my subbed stories got me a runner up prize of £25 and future publication in their anthology. Unfortunately they got my surname wrong (on the website and, unfortunately, the cheque) so I'm desperately trying to contact them (it would be awful if they published my story under the wrong name too). The email address on their website didn't work (bounced back) so I've tried their contact form AND left a message on their messageboard. I'll probably pop a letter in the post tomorrow as well. Better safe than sorry (and it would be nice to cash that cheque!).
The other bit of good news is that I've finally broken the women's magazine market after subbing for a couple of years on and off (yes, I know I was published in Woman's Own last year but that was as a result of a competition rather than a sub so it's a little bit different, in my book anyway).
Anyway, this morning I received a letter from My Weekly telling me that they'd love to publish the story I sent them in August last year (it was shortlisted in a WriteLink weekender competition but wasn't published). I'd assumed, because so much time had passed between subbing the story and now, that My Weekly had long since forgotten all about the story. Apparently not! That'll be my first paying publication of the year. Wah hoo! They sent the story back to me, along with a rights form I have to sign and I'm a bit confused. Do I send the story back with the form or can I assume they've already photocopied it/typed it up? Anyone know? Sally?
Right...now to do a novel update post.