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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Back to life, back to reality

Just back from a few days away in Clifden, co Galway, with sight nor sound of a PC screen and precious little telly too, thank God. Must have driven into every pot-hole in Connemara and then get a puncture driving home on the spanking new M6 (is it my imagination but are the new road's cats eyes like big boulders?)
Anyway, three lovely rejections awaited me on my return:-

Genomics Poetry Competition - Winners Announced
Thank you for entering our Genomics poetry competition held in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library. We were delighted to receive over 230 entries from across the UK, America, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Uganda and India. Our congratulations to all the winners and runners up and our commiserations to those who took the time and effort to enter but did not get placed. We hope you all enjoyed the experience. Full details including the winning poems and the judges report are now available online.

(In hindsight, my poem about genomics being all very well providing it didn't get into the wrong hands, probably didn't stand much of a chance)

Good morning.
Thank you for your entry to the poetry competition held by the National Railway Museum’s archive centre Search Engine
It was a long and difficult task for our panel of Museum judges to decide a winner of each age category. This is particularly true of the adult category as the standard of the entries was so high. It was a close run thing, but I’m sorry to inform you that your poem was not the winning entry on this occasion.
I hope this doesn’t come as too much of a disappointment to you. The list of category winners and details of how to vote for the overall winner can now be found on http://nrm.org.uk/getinvolved/competitions/poetry.aspx. I hope you will get involved in the voting process and will enter future competitions run by the National Railway Museum.
Kind regards

Ah, fair enough, it was a freebie anyway and a nice rejection slip.

Thank you for submitting your work to Glass: A Journal of Poetry. We have reviewed your submission carefully, but unfortunately we have decided not to publish these poems. We wish you all the best in your writing and publishing efforts.
editors, Glass: A Journal of Poetry

Well, to be honest, I submitted to them in March 31st last year, so after ten months, I'd assumed that anyway. If they take that long, I doubt I'll be sending anything there again!


  1. Glad you had a nice break, pants to the puncture.

    Don't people write nice things when they say no. I'm definitely going for the Railway one next year so I can get one just like that.

  2. I was just wondering where the heck you were :)

  3. How very unfortunate events can be indeed! Some more than others;-)