You have a completed novella. That’s great! You might not have had it except for the pressure to finish it in time for the (misapprehended) deadline. You haven’t actually lost anything: the deadline would still have expired even if you’d read the date correctly. (At least the publishers actually put the year in the call for submissions — that’s not always a given.) So, congratulations.

Writer of (mainly short) fiction, criticism/discussion and other stuff; I discovered in my late 50s that I’m aphantasic

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