This is quite overdue, as I have been preoccupied with other things lately. But better late than never! I found out back in March that the Poetry Institute of Canada had once again awarded me a prize for their latest anthology. I won third prize for my poem 'The Workmen' - a deliciously dark monologue from a surprise perspective.
I am so happy that I've been selected for a prize two years in a row. It's a huge boost to the confidence I have in my writing, and makes me want to hurry back to my desk and start scribbling out another macabre tale.
Thanks to everyone who had read my work, I'm hoping to publish a collection soon, if I can get myself organized. As per, I have too many pots on the stove right now, but I am ticking things off the old list lately...slowly...one little tiny task at a time... But my ultimate goal is to mix my illustration and writing into one project, so I don't want to rush such a huge venture.
If I can concentrate for 5 freakin' minutes, I can get it done... one day...
Last week my copy of 'Island Tides' finally arrived. It's a lovely anthology featuring many amazing poems from writers all over Vancouver and Vancouver Island. The poems are all themed around the coast, and it is really interesting to read how each poet is influenced by it differently.
I haven't read all of the poems featured yet, but I think I can probably say with confidence there won't be many that are about the dead rising from the sea...
In the future I hope to illustrate the poem, and create a collection of my own. It will feature this, and other spooky short stories and poems that centre around the ocean - my favourite theme. As I create each page I'll post here, so keep coming back to check on my progress.
If you would like to purchase a copy of this or previous anthologies from the Institute, you can email them here and they will send you prices and shipping fees.
I am so proud to announce that my poem "All that had fallen" has been awarded second prize by the Poetry Institute of Canada in their annual anthology. I woke up this morning to a phone call with the news, and it put a spring in my step for the whole day - what a great start to the year!
The anthology, due to be released February of this year, had already chosen my poem to be featured back in August. But they also had a contest out of all the poets chosen, and decided on the winners this week. I was surprised they chose my work, it is a little on the spooky side. But very happy with the result!
As soon as the anthology comes out, I will put up the Amazon link for those interested in buying. Thank you to everyone for your kind words and support, I am even more excited now to write and create more this year.