Next to getting published, winning awards is what keeps us writers going, right?
I encourage you to read Nancy Julien Kopp"s blog, Writer Granny's World, in the side-bar on the right -- Writers about Writing -- about how exciting it is to win an award.
I normally don't do short stories, but I did have one romantic little piece. Someone sent me a clue that a certain publisher was looking for romance stories. I had to lengthen my piece, and in the rewriting improved the story, and was elated beyond measure when the editor accepted the story.
My tale has an unhappy ending -- the book has yet to be published and for various reasons I have withdrawn my piece. But nothing will ever take away the joy and excitement I had felt when the editor liked my piece. Not only that, the editor said that if I was working on a full-length novel, they'd like to see that, too.
Read Nancy Julien Kopp's blog post -- titled something about a "good Friday". Read it very quickly and then get right back to work. At www.writergrannysworld.blogspot.com.