Finally, word from Clarion, and sadly it’s no. But also some encouraging words:
“The admissions panel feels that you (sic) work shows promise and says you came ‘very close’ to being admitted.”
I’ll keep working and try again next year. At least the process has motivated me to rethink my life a little and put me over the hurdle of first submission fears. In the meantime, I need to start subbing my work elsewhere.
And, my posts can go back to normal instead of just functioning as Clarion tweets.
A big thank you to everyone who sent me good wishes and support!