September 29, 2009 by Tracey S. Rosenberg
I entered both the novel and poetry categories of the Yeovil Literary Prize, and last month when I was having a Very Bad Day I (for some reason) checked the online system and found that all four pieces I’d entered were categorized as ‘Was not Shortlisted’. Which just melded into the general grumpiness and I crossed them all off my list. (Well, removed them from ‘Submissions 2006+’ and moved them to ‘Dead submissions’. Which is not, I must say, as satisfying as scraping with a thick black marker.)
…except that either this was an error or I’d hit the online system at the wrong time, because my poem ‘Captain’s Colours’ has been highly commended.
By Carol Ann Duffy.
My new contact lenses are going a bit blurry (must remember to keep blinking when I’m at the computer!) but I’m pretty sure I’m not hallucinating this.
*checks the online system*
Wow, that’s better:
Work Highly Commended
After the top three poems there are nine highly commended. Out of 416. WOW.
This is a good thing for me right now. And not just because I get to squee about it to Ken Macleod tonight, but that’s always a bonus.
Many many thanks to the judges and administrators.