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The winning poem: the competition number one, the anthology best, the one that gets chosen from a submission. How do you do it? What’s the secret? How do you write that winning poem?
The secret is, there is no secret. Editors and competition judges are people too, they have tastes and opinions, their lives are shaped by experiences, they form connections to some work and not to others. It could just be a case of one day they sit down to the ‘to do’ pile and see your poem and something connects and boom, you win.
Having said that, there are ways and means by which you can ensure that your poem isn’t the one that immediately gets relegated to the ‘Nope’ pile. Some of them are obvious, some not so much. I’ve just done a spell helping to edit Paper Swans Press‘s new anthology ‘The Chronicles of Eve’…
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