When The Longlist Feels Like Winning

(First posted April 2019)

So what’s so good about not making the shortlist? Here’s what – any recognition is welcome, and when that comes from an international jury of respected writers and critics, making the longlist in a field of five thousand feels like winning.

The story, Sixty Clicks, was my third attempt at The Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize. As with previous entries, it was submitted with very little expectation, so making the longlist is a huge bonus. But not only that, the manner of being told was wonderfully encouraging ” . . . your story was one of 200 longlisted entries read and discussed by our international judging panel. We hope you take confidence from this, and continue to write . . .”

Really, that’s all we need to keep going – encouragement. So thank-you, Commonwealth Writers, the longlist is a prize in itself.

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