Just checked the website of Cadenza Magazine to find one of my short stories on their latest long list. Well, I think it’s mine, but they haven’t included the authors’ names with the long list titles. On the other hand, it seems unlikely that two people would have submitted a story called ‘Blue-Sky Thinking’ (and both be good enough to get a mention!) so I’m celebrating appropriately. From previous experience, Cadenza are pretty fussy about what they accept, so I’ll take even long-listing as a compliment.
I also notice that Cadenza now has a blog, with interesting comments from Vanessa Gebbie and Zoe King on how submissions are processed and short-listed. I recognise Vanessa as one of last year’s Bridport prize-winners, and Zoe already has a special place in my heart for being the first person to take notice of my writing by publishing a short story on the now defunct Buzzwords. In fact, the story is still here. (Don’t be put off by the nom-de-plume – or the colourful layout!)