It's the first Wednesday of the month, so it's Insecure Writer's Support Group time. Am I feeling insecure? Yes, sometimes - about as often as I get a story rejected and that happens quite often. I imagine it'll keep happening as long as I keep sending stuff out.
I get acceptances too though. To prove it there's a story of mine in this month's Woman's Weekly Fiction Special. It seems wrong to have favourite stories, but if I did then this would be one of them.
Alfie Dog Fiction have taken some more of mine, too.
Getting an acceptance cheers me up and the effect lasts long enough to counteract the next few rejections. Competition wins would have the same effect, I'm sure. That's why I've already sent an entry to this one (which has books as the prize), will be trying this one (with £100 prize), and this (to win a residential writing course). As with all the competitions I feature, these are free to enter.