I’ve done it. Most every writer I know has done it. And, we will continue to do it. Sending our words off for critique and criticism to some contest or another can be a daunting task, but the idea here is never to give up. Even though these days, with reader’s fees or administration fees, or some such fee beyond postage, just submitting the work can amount to a pretty penny, we still do it!
But what is it like to be on the other side of the inbox? What is it like being a judge and having to pick the winners? This year’s judges, Marilyn L. Taylor (poetry) and David McGlynn (prose), share a bit of insight on what it’s like to be on both sides of the writing contest process.
In closing, and with many thanks to both Marilyn L. Taylor and David McGlynn, let me make one more thank you to Ellen Kort, a previous Poet Laureate of Wisconsin, who has judged every one of our contests since the beginning except last year when illness stepped in the way. Since then, Ellen has recovered and we wish her the best as always. ~ H.C.T.
To gear up for next year’s contest, think about submitting your work to the Pulse throughout the year. Email submissions are preferred to [email protected]. Remember, the best way to get better is to write and read – at least a little of both every day.