In this case, I will make an exception because the outcome won't be known other than to me, the people concerned and a few close friends.
By the end of the month, I will know if my stories have been accepted for three anthologies.
Bill Adler, the man running bingewatchingcure.com/ has said he'd pay $200 for a 2,000-word story; as this is way over the usual asking price, I doubt the sincerity of the proposal.
The most likely venue for my work is the online magazine www.themeofabsence.com/ whose owner has said he'd pay $1 for a 1,000-word story - a fee I waived - to help maintain the site.
horroraddicts.wordpress.com/the-next-great-horror-writer-contest/ is the least likely of the three to accept me because they are running a contest, and the top prize is a book contract, with smaller prizes involving short story contracts.
Barring a miracle, this will be my final month as a writer.