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.