I got the Forward Prize nomination for coming second in the Francis Ledwidge Awards, where the top three poems are automatically nominated. Of course I haven't a hope in hell of winning this Forward Prize thingy but doesn't it look good on your CV? Nominated for the Forward Prize for Poetry. I wonder, could I say "Nominated for the Forward Prize for literature"? That sounds even grander!
The Pushcart Prize is apparently an American award where small presses in America put forward the best poems they published during the year. I had some poems in the Shot Glass Journal which is run by Muse-Pie Press and they nominated two of my poems among their six nominations, about which I'm pretty thrilled. But then, if every small press in America is nominating five or six, I imagine there's an awful lot of us in the shake up! Still, again, putting down 'Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize' (for literature?) on the oul' CV looks pretty good and could easily lull unsuspecting readers into thinking I have talent.
Yes, I think I quite enjoy this being nominated thingy. Even my wife raised a sceptical eyebrow when I told her.