I entered a poetry competition a few months ago and then completely lost track on the competition for various reasons. Over the weekend, I received an email announcing the winners of The Royal Berkshire Poetry Competition.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, not so fast. I didn’t actually win anything. As a matter of fact, I was really confused when I saw the email, because for about thirty seconds, I didn’t remember what poem I had entered or if it was for this particular competition. After a bit of digging and a Google search, I remembered.
The competition was unique in that all participants poems’ were posted anonymously on the site as part of a popular vote portion–so, my poem, “Shine” was posted on the TRBPC website. I want to say it was published, but I suppose technically it was “released.” At any rate, I didn’t post it on my blog and I didn’t receive hate mail from the judges, so I am totally counting this as a win.
Any publicity is good publicity, right?
Now, the first prize winner of the competition is a beautiful sestina by Ann Beecher called “Birdsong.” I love sestinas in general, and I am in love with this one. Be sure to check out the other winners (who are published in Glow Magazine), too!
Now, if you will excuse me, I’m going to go eat a cookie.