I am delighted to be The Bridport Prize's first blogger in residence for their lovely new website.
The first post has gone up - in which I natter about my win in 2007 and what it has meant. http://www.bridportprize.org.uk/blog/turning-points-vanessa-gebbies-blog-her-2007-bridport-prize-win
I will be writing something every couple of weeks for the next few months - so if you have anything you'd like me to address, please do say and I will do my best!
How terrific! Off to read it now....ReplyDelete
I've just read your blog on the Bridport Prize, it was really interesting. What an amazing competition to win. I can imagine that it gave your confidence as a writer a real boost. As a currently unpublished writer myself, I wonder at what point you can call yourself a writer? I write and I consider that to be enough but the little voice in my head often interrupts and tells me that I shouldn't class myself as such until I have the validation of somebody wanting to publish my work. Have you always considered yourself a writer, even before being published?
Hi Shelley - thank you for reading, and thinking, and posting and asking...and it's a very good question. I will use it in a forthcoming post on the Bridport blog - watch this space!Delete
An excellent piece, Vanessa. I have entered the competition a couple of times in the past only for my manuscript to sink in the mire. I remember being particularly disheartened by one judge's report in which he described most of the entries that didn't make the short-list as dross. Well, you know me. I assumed he was squinting at my manuscript as he wrote that!ReplyDelete
And I understand entirely what you mean by validation. That's why I would never ever self-publish.) Bridport is my Holy Grail. So, girding my loins, and strapping on my sword. I shall venture forth once more this year.
Hi Sally - we think alike, me dear! I sent in a poem which was sent to the judge one year (along with another squillion) and it was of course, a work of utter genius, made up of two line stanzas, and rather long. It didnt get anywhere further.ReplyDelete
I was at the prizegiving, as I was running a workshop for the festival or something, and the judge described 'a few' poems on the shortlist as "looking like supermarket receipts.' Which, if you think about, it, a long poem made up of two line stanzas might just...
mind you - since then, I have made very sure that if I'm writing a supermarket receipt poem, the structure absolutely HAS to be that and nothing else. (!)
Supermarket receipt poems don't get the appreciation they deserve! I may just enter something into Bridport - no luck there yet - as I hate to be beaten! I'm off to read your post now. Very good news...ReplyDelete
Go on - it's a great comp - but then I would say that wouldn't I?!Delete
congratulations Vanessa! I hope to participate more now that I'm back home.ReplyDelete
Lovely to 'see' you Dora - xDelete
Sounds like fun, and a great discussion going on here. Will pop over too! XcatReplyDelete
Great stuff, cat. xReplyDelete