The Hermit Poet

October 27, 2006

The Lost Country of Sight – In Search of a Home

Filed under: General — Neil Aitken @ 4:22 pm

I sent out another batch of manuscripts to three more book contests.  I’ve been editing and revising as I go, tightening up the writing and trying to raise the overall force of the manuscript up another notch.

This newest version of the manuscript (with changes to 6 poems) is on its way as I write.  Today’s targets were:

  • Benjamin Saltman Poetry Prize, Red Hen Press
  • Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, CSU Fresno
  • Elixir Press Prize, Elixir Press

I have another three to try in November:

  • Dorset Prize / Tupelo Press (of course, everyone else is after this one)
  • New Issues Poetry Prize / New Issues Press
  • WordTech Communications (not a contest, but November is their reading period — lots of imprints here)

Several contests I skipped because I couldn’t meet their residency requirement (must be a US citizen or resident) or length requirement (must be 60+ pages — I’m at 57 pages and holding).  It’s not a bad thing to have to skip a few — I don’t really have the funds to try for everything.

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