Diane Lockward has been on both sides of the poetry book contest fence. She has entered many, and she has recently served as a first judge for one. In this post, she shares a number of useful recommendations for contest entrants. Since I’m slowly building up my own poetry practice (and I mean s-l-o-w-l-y), I’ll keep her advice in mind for the long haul. Some of you may be able to apply it sooner!
(Side/related note: Last week, I saw one of my poems, “Pünktlichkeit,” in print in the July-August 2010issue of Moment Magazine. Definitely one of the highlights of my writing life to date. The poem is not currently available online, but I’m pretty sure that when I do have a poetry book manuscript in order, this poem will be part of it. Hat tip to the fabulous Sage Cohen–it was through my work with Sage in her Poetry for the People II class last winter that the poem was born.)
Have a great weekend, everyone, and see you back here on Monday.