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
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)