Finally Back, as a Finalist!

First of all, I’d like to thank you all for sticking around during my school-induced hiatus. I’ve had limited time to do the things I like to do, but I’ve been productive doing the things I have to do.

Second of all, I am glad to be back!
Third of all, LET’S CELEBRATE!
In January I announced that I had entered the Chapbook Challenge and was awaiting the results. Although we waited a little longer than it was scheduled, the results were published and I was astonished to see my name on the list:

The 2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge Finalists (in no particular order):

  • Moments of Silence, by Larry Lawrence
  • Surfacing, by Joseph Harker
  • Chapbook, by Toni Giarnese
  • Gathering of Dogs and Men, by Sara Ramsdell
  • Listless, by Maxie Steer
  • Goose Island Under a Mackerel Sky, by Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody
  • Doll House, by Marissa Coon Rose
  • Transformations, by Taylor Graham

 YAY! It was a great moment of validation. I was congratulated and encouraged by my writing group (thanks so much you guys!). Hard work does pay off.

Congratulations are due to all the entrants – because as a first timer, I know it was a difficult process. Sara Ramsdell was named the winner, and a well deserved win. Her poems are poignant and beautiful. To read a few, check out the full results announcement.

What’s next? Well, April is in 8 days and another Poem-a-Day challenge begins. I will be posting my daily poetic attempts and I encourage your comments. Also, I will be polishing Listless and *bites nails* looking for publishing opportunities.

Whatever you put your mind to (even when your mind seems to be leaving) you can achieve.
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2 thoughts on “Finally Back, as a Finalist!

  1. Well done on the becoming a finalist.

    Yes we can fret and be nervous if others will like our work but its important to express what we like and feel, it adds to the big melting pot of ideas and inspirations in the world.

    Yes don't publish poor work but at the end of the day if what you have completed is something to feel proud of then get it out into the world.

    Hope to see more of your work submitted to other sites, competitions and yes publishers!

    Well done!

  2. You're right. It really comes down to me feeling satisfied with my efforts. With this challenge, I think after all the insecurities, I was able to step aside and realize my own accomplishment in doing something I had never done before. Thanks for the encouragement.

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