It's felt like 2021 has been a quieter year on the poem front, with the compiling of a manuscript and undertaking residencies, but it's nice to come back to some competitions and some publishing. In the last month or so, I've received news that my poem "Self Flagellation and the Falls" was longlisted in the Fish Poetry Prize judged by former United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins and another of my poems, "Three Cormorants" will be published in the “Brushstrokes II, Ros Spencer Poetry Contest Anthology 2020–21” forthcoming in November.
The Fish Poetry Prize had 3000 entrants and was won by Greg Rappleye of Michigan, USA. This is the second international competition my poems have found some recognition in this year. It's a thrill to think that something I've written has been read and valued somewhere far on the other side of the world.
Whilst my poem "Three Cormorants" didn't place in last year's Ros Spencer Poetry Prize, it was great to hear it will be included in the anthology for 2020-2021.