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Saturday, January 1, 2011

I can think of worse ways of starting the year

The Poetry Library an English site, is a good resource for discovering what poetry competitions are ongoing across the water. A lot of them have no online facilities but I was idly browsing it yesterday morning when I came across a 'What Christmas means to you' competition hosted by Chris Meredith. It had a closing date of December 31st but fortunately I had one I'd prepared earlier - actually the one I'd read at Knightsbrifge in Trim - so I sent it in.
Now normally you have to wait a long time after the closing date for the results to be announced, so I was therefore gobsmacked to receive an email from Chris at 00.33 this morning -
Hello Peter,
A happy New Year to you.
I am also pleased to tell you that your poem, Christmas week at the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, has won the December poetry competition.
I will send your £50 WH Smith voucher to you within the next 14 days.
Kind regards
PS> I really enjoyed your poem and liked the construction of it. I know Blanchardstown quite well as I used to visit there regularly on business ten years ago.
You can view your poem on the website by following the link below.

What a lovely way to start the year!
Anyway, I see Chris has a New Year's competition up and running - closing date end of January, with the top three winning prizes. And believe me, if I can win, anybody can!!


  1. Congratulations Peter - it only took you 33 minutes to win your first competition of 2011 - not bad going!!

  2. That's a fantastic start to the new year.And 50 quid to boot!Well done Pete, and continued success and happiness for 2011!

  3. Happy New Year, Peter. I'm looking forward to reading more of you this year.

  4. Whey-Hey! Terrific! And £50 in W H Smith?! Heaven.

  5. WOW! Down to the wire, but of course they must have jumped at it! What will you buy at W.H. Smith?