But this time at least I know that I came in the top twenty entries. I wasn't in the final ten, but I have the satisfaction of knowing I reached a position between eleventh and twentieth. Hopefully, although I don't know how many entries there were in total, that means I did quite well.
The other good thing is that the story is now free to be sent elsewhere, since only the ten finalists will be published. The fact that it was longlisted means I have extra confidence about its potential. It will do well somewhere. The longlist has filled me with renewed confidence!