Good news and bad news–what shall I begin?
Okay, the bad news: The Great American Poetry Show doesn’t want the poems I submitted for their anthology, though they did request that I send more work. And (this is a big plus) their rejection letter was friendly. Heck, they even sent me a free issue of their magazine. So, thumbs up for TGAPS. You might not like my work but you’ve got a big heart.
Now, the good news: My chapbook manuscript Lies, and Saturdays was awarded a semi-finalist status in the Rose Metal Press Chapbook Competition. The winner was Superman on the Roof by Lex Williford of El Paso, Texas. Here’s from the official listing:
This year’s contest finalists include:
Runner-up: Mistransformation by Tori Bond of Perkasie, Pennsylvania
Untitled by Anonymous by Andrew Farkas of Billings, Montana
Tuck the Story Away by Lisa Romeo of Cedar Grove, New Jersey
What to Say to Aliens by Marc Sheehan of Grand Haven, Michigan
The semi-finalists include:
Properties of Life by Jody Brooks of Decatur, Georgia
The Names Change Every Time I Tell the Story by Aubrie Cox of Knoxville, Tennessee
Revelations by Jasminne Mendez of Houston, Texas
Insomnia Veritas by Jennifer Met of Troy, Idaho
The Long Bridge by Anji Reyner of Missoula, Montana
Lies, and Saturdays by Cinthia Ritchie of Anchorage, Alaska
Lost John and Other Stories by Joseph Young of Baltimore, Maryland
Hope everyone had a great weekend. The big excitement over at our house is that we’re shopping for a new sofa (like I said, exciting). Plus we’re also training for a marathon, so there will be runs, and much pigging out afterwards and maybe, to spice it all up, a few arguments over which kind/color/style of sofa is the best, though of course my ideas are always the best, hee, hee.
One of the sucky things about living in Alaska is that there is no IKEA, and they don’t ship up here, either. So you can imagine the depths of our sofa-searching frustrations.
Another exciting thing? I’m rereading Feed. I’m totally hooked on YA novels right now. Feel free to leave suggestions if you know of any good YA titles.