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Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Golden Pen award

Got a phone call from a very nice man called John Corbett, who is the coordinator of the Golden Pen Poetry and Prose competitions. He was delighted to tell me, he said, that my poem had won the poetry competition for this year. I'm unsure which one it was, as I sent in two - one was a terzanelle and the other was free verse.
I presume that I was the only entrant. That's the only explanation. Either that, or he's going to ring me back shortly and tell me there's been a terrible mistake.


  1. Well done Peter. This is turning out to be a good year for you. Keep entering those competitions. What about a play for the Boyle competition.

  2. Twas only a matter of time, but that is a fantastic result you modest poet you.Well done Pete.

  3. Congratulations on your award, I think you're being too negative and should accept that its because your poem was considered the best!

  4. Huzzah! Many congratulations, and don't answer the phone.

  5. Congratulations! I'm sure one of your poems came in first, and the other was first runner up! Good work!

  6. Congratulations Peter, maybe you have two for two first - maybe they liked both so well it was a hard choice which one to go with for first place.


  7. OMG! Congrats Peter - well deserved :)

  8. Sorry I missed this on the first go-round (you post so many notices about competitions and the like that I didn't realize it was you who had won. Well done! I'd love to see read winning poem. (Going to have a look at a terzanelle now.)


  9. Ah, thanks everyone. I'm pretty chuffed about it really and occasionally find myself grinning for no reason. The wife thinks I have piles.
    Michael, that Boyle competition is intriguing, isn't it? 15 minutes only. And I doubt the entrance would be particularly high!

  10. Stay away from that Boyle competition, Goulding. That's mine. In any case, award-winning poets are barred from entry this year, the UN Year to be Nice to the Playwright. Well done on the Golden Pen. Delighted for you. But don't get too greedy now!