My hope is to have some poems published in a magazine this year, so I haven’t entered any competitions up until now. Whilst regrouping following a volley of rejection letters, I noticed that the deadline for The Bridport Prize was approaching. Tempt not a desperate man. I’ve been shortlisted for The Bridport a few times and felt that it deserved another attempt.
It’s quite easy to get excited about competitions, with the prize money and the anonymity that means even an unknown can hope to be discovered. The work of submitting to magazines can fall by the wayside all too easily, and I’ve neglected it in the past. I’ve earmarked a handful of the best journals to submit to during the latter half of the year, so check back here to see how I get on.