I am chugging right along with my Poem-A-Day Challenge in June when I come across a tweet from The Walrus in my Twitter feed (because, really, where else would I find a tweet from a magazine?). The tweet is promoting a poetry contest. For the low, low price of twenty-five dollars I can submit a poem to The Walrus and if it’s a winner it will be published in October (I think) and I would win twenty-five hundred (Canadian) dollars! To be fair, the twenty-five dollar submission fee also includes a subscription to The Walrus. However, I can only submit unpublished poems. They include poems that are self-published on a personal website/blog as published. I don’t know how you feel about this, but that seems kind of poopy to me. I mean, c’mon, when I publish a poem to my blog how many people actually see it? A dozen? Maybe? This just doesn’t seem ‘published’ enough for me. However, I have stopped publishing all my June Poem-A-Day Challenge poems because I’m wondering if I should be saving my poems, keeping them private and quiet until one day, by magic, some poetry contest comes along looking to publish previously unpublished poems. Being a bit of an over-thinker and over-analyzer I’ve been thinking about this pretty hard for the last few days. And, I have come to a conclusion – which may very well be overturned next week by my over-thinking brain – I will continue to publish my poems on my website/blog whenever I want to. If I feel comfortable and confident enough with a poem to put it up for a dozen people to see then that is what I’m going to do! If I hold on to some poems because I want to keep refining and working on them and they don’t get published and then I decided to submit them to an anthology or magazine then I’ll do that! I can do whatever I like with my poems! So there!
Anyway, I’m still writing poems every day this month, I’m just not publishing every single one to my website/blog. I hope you enjoy the ones I do publish!
Be Lovely to Each Other,