On the plus side, we're supposed to get critiques from Josh if we finalled. That's going to be valuable. There's also the possibility that the publisher will still want the stories in another capacity. *And* the author that did win is actually very, very talented, so you know, losing to someone talented? Much easier to swallow than losing to someone you think sucks, lol.
But still. Disappointed. Pepper talked me down from self-medicating with ice cream, for which I am extremely grateful.