Oh, James Jones, you heartbreaker

Just got an email from Wilkes University, the people who administer the James Jones First Novel Contest.  It was an automated message generated by one of those submissions manager web sites.  It said the status of my submission had changed.  Went to the web site, and it said the new status of my manuscript was “accepted”.  I figured that could be good.  Maybe I made the next cut.   A visit to the Wilkes University site, however, was a let down.  The contest was over, the winners announced, and I wasn’t one of them.

I’m thinking about writing to the contest organizers and asking them what “accepted” means.  Is it the new “rejected”?

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