Because I don't want to type the words "sit-rep" again, here's a graph, as of last night:
To console myself on the emerging trend, I did at least manage to apply to the Norwich Writers' Centre Escalator programme, so there's something else I can update you on, in the fullness of time. In their words, Escalator is an annual talent development programme in which ten successful applicants get a period of mentoring, a series of development opportunities, talks and workshops as part of a residential retreat, and to take part in a final showcase, in which they read and pitch their work to agents and publishers. It's quite competitive, but you've got to be in it to win it, I suppose. Fingers crossed anyway.