Earlier this year, I dusted off an old short story (sci fi, not erotic). I revised it and sent it to the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest.
I heard today that my story received an “Honorable Mention”. At first I was thrilled. It’s not a win, but it is acknowledgement that the story and the writing were pretty good. Then I got onto the contest’s forums and read people’s opinions of this. The consensus is that an honorable mention is basically the nicest rejection you’ll ever receive. And now I’m disappointed.