Contest Cycle of Abuse Continues
Poet Stacey Lynn Brown begins her new blog, Ten Fingers Typing, with a contest story from hell. Tony Hoagland selected her manuscript, Cradle Song, for the Cider Press Review Book Award. What happened after that is a nightmare. Moral of the story -- don't submit to Cider Press Review, and while you're at it STOP SUBMITTING TO CONTESTS in general. It's a lottery that less than one percent will ever win. Find open readings periods from good presses or those that allow year-round submissions. If you want to support the press, write them a check, buy their books or subscribe. Hell, start your own press. The contest cycle of abuse must end.