Just dropping by to say that the piece about my dad came second in the Katherine Susannah Pritchard Memoir Comp. Plus a short story that I wrote about a safari in Botswana came second in the Southern Cross Literary Competition. See here for details.
To summarise, I submitted 41 pieces of work this year - either poetry, short stories or non-fiction. One of these received a first place award, three achieved second places, and at least three were published in online literary journals. Plus, I managed to get my 8-word story (Brisbane summer. Mangoes, mozzie bites and cold beer.) out on a Brisbane billboard. I also currently have a piece of work which has been long-listed for a comp - results out January, 2018 - and a piece of work which I've been requested to enlarge and resubmit to The Big Issue (more about that next year). So overall, although I HAVE STILL NOT scored a contract for my manuscript, I am pretty happy. Nothing ventured, nothing gained and all that.
Happy New Year!!!