Writers' Ink at Caledon Public Library

Poetry and Contests

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Q. How do you know when a poem is ‘done’? What are the signs of over-revision?

A. There are myriad ways in which to strengthen a piece of writing; myriad alternate versions. So perhaps the closest a poem can come to ‘done’ is to relay the intended experience to the target readership; deliver the right message to the correct recipients. I stop tinkering with my own work only once I’ve received satisfying feedback from four or five bluntly honest people who represent the audience I want to reach with a particular piece. Soma Frazier, Judge of the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Q. How to find the poetry contest that is best for you?

A. Targeting the right publisher for your kind of work is the key to improving your poetry contest odds and advancing your career as a writer. If you were looking for a job, you wouldn’t mass-mail your resume to every listing in the classifieds, yet too many beginning writers will pick up a contest directory and do just that. Fortunately, it’s possible to bring some rationality to this confusing process by following a few simple guidelines….  Jendi Reiter (copyright 2009)

About Alton Chapter

The Alton Chapter of Writers' Ink meets the 1st Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Alton Branch.

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