If you remember way back when, I submitted a short story to the BBC for their radio show, Opening Lines. I have heard nothing back so far, but upon visiting their website I find the sentence: “We will announce the 2015 longlist on Friday 15th of May at 1200 . . .”
I have to admit that I didn’t even feel this nervous getting my GCSE, A-level or even degree results. I expected the results that I got, although I underperformed at GCSE and had largely given up on everything by the time I reached my A-levels and degree; I expected my results to be roughly what they turned out to be and was confident in my powers of prediction. I expected my grades, more or less. For this, I have no idea what to expect. This is my first foray into the world of getting things published. Have I been chosen? Have I been discarded? Am I one of the lucky three? Am I at least good enough to be put on the website, if I am not to have my short story read out on the radio? There is only 24 hours until I will know (well, 23 hours and 22 minutes) and I can’t stand the waiting. Furthermore, I will not know as I will be at school, helping students pass their GCSEs until the afternoon.
However, come around 3pm I will know. If I am not chosen, I will put my submitted short story up here anyway, but it would mean so much to me to actually be chosen. I am nervous, but excited at the same time.
Wish me luck?