I'm delighted to have a poem in Issue 5 of the First Cut, the organ of the Listowel Writers Group. This delightful online magazine has a nice mixture of poetry, prose and interviews and features lovely pieces by Tom Moloney and LA Speedwing (a member of our local writers group) as well as Kate Dempsey's interview with the u and coming and in fact already arrived Eleanor Hooker.
Other pieces of good news - my poem 'Sweat' was longlisted in the Plough Short Poetry competition, in fact beating Richard Halperin by one place on alphabetical order. This is the first and only time I will ever beat Richard.
I also have one poem shortlisted (out of 12) in the Plough Poems for Children category. The poems are sent to local schools and the children vote on their winner. Result expected soon. I made the shortlist last year and finished unofficial fourth (though I wonder if all the non-top three are told they narrowly missed out on that third spot!)
Also in the Flash 500 Humorous Verse competition, I was gobsmacked that all three of my submissions were longlisted and now two of them have made the shortlist of ten.
Despite all this, I'm still struggling to write. I did one humorous bit on Sunday but that was only for the company newsletter. Not sure why I'm disinterested in writing at the moment - maybe because I'm playing a lot of guitar, running and minding grandchildren and preparing for a ten day holiday on Saturday week. Oh well, it'll come...