Insecure Writer's Support Group time again. Do sign up for the group if you're an insecure writer (which I reckon is just about every writer for at least some of the time).
Just sending off a piece of writing gives us plenty of 'opportunities' for insecurity. Did we follow all the guidelines or competition rules? Have we correctly interpreted the requirements? Is the formatting right?
If there's no immediate acknowledgement we worry it hasn't arrived. Then we convince ourselves it has and whoever is reading it hates it. After a while we start to wonder if the reply got lost. Should we chase up a response?
How do you distract yourself from worrying about your submitted work?
What do you do if replies don't come – and how soon do you do it?