I have been entering a lot of writing competitions lately.
It is about the quickest way of getting noticed these days and the anticipation of the result makes the time pass more quickly.
Also, if you enter enough of them, your disappointment at not making the shortlist is soon forgotten as the deadline for the next one approaches.
Having said that it has not all been in vain. I recently won Fifty quid for a spoof rejection letter in the Freelance Market News monthly competition.
Having had as many as I have it was a ‘shoe in’!