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Slingink Poetry Prize

Slingink Logo WPI found out yesterday that I’d been shortlisted in the poetry section of the the inaugural Slingink Prize for “Imitation of a Suicide”.

I have to admit that I was in two minds whether or not to stay in this contest after it was announced that there weren’t enough entrants to fund the prize money – and in fact my initial reaction was to withdraw. But then I felt bad because both judges agreed to stay on anyway and I was also impressed by the way that the entry fees were refunded immediately so I decided to stay in. And I’m now glad that I did.

In the interests of full disclosure, I should also say that I failed to make the shortlist in the fiction section altogether. But that’s the way it goes with competitions; to paraphrase the excellent words of the judge, Sally Quilford: you win some, you lose some. Huge congrats to everyone who made it, though.


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    August 31, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Thanks, Rachel :)

  2. Congrats! The title alone makes me want to check it out!

  3. admin

    August 31, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks, Barry!

  4. Congrats on the shortlist. Now I don’t feel quite so bad on my crash and burn in the fiction!

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    September 1, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Thanks, Sallie! I think the list of people who crash and burn in a lot of competitions would make fascinating – and in many ways reassuring – reading.

  6. Many congratulations on being shortlisted. That’s always an achievement.

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    September 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks, Simon!

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