I really should learn not to check emails first thing on a morning – inevitably, I miss some vital piece of information. I should check emails only after that first cup of coffee and well into the second, just to be certain that I am awake and processing details evenly.

So it was a bit of a surprise to find myself tagged into several congratulatory posts on Facebook about the Saboteur Awards 2016. I had seen the email, scanned it, didn’t see my name (though I did see loads of names I did know, and cheered for their shortlisted status), and closed it again. But the flurry of congratulations made me go look again, scroll down ALL THE WAY to the bottom of the email, and there it was – Dark Doors got longlisted for the Saboteur Awards 2016.

It took most of the rest of Sunday to finally calm down enough after this fantastic news, mainly because I realised how many people must have nominated my debut collection for it to hit the longlist. So to all of you who used their nomination for Best Short Story Collection to give Dark Doors and me a nod: thank you, from the darkest corners of my soul! I owe you all a drink.

To all those who got shortlisted – including Haunt Harrogate from Imove and Indigo Dreams Publishing – as well as all the other longlisted people, books, pamphlets, wildcards, etc., congratulations! Longlisted Saboteur Award 2016