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Episode 9: How Should We Think About Awards & Contests?



Why should you enter a contest? Even if you don’t win, how might it help you? And what are downsides of entering? In this special episode, recorded live at the Telluride Lit Fest just before the announcement of the Fischer and Cantor Prizes, w talk about big juicy tomatoes, how judges make decisions, why the best writing doesn’t always win and Christie’s grand theory of awards. Then we are joined two fabulous guests: Luis Lopez, Colorado’s newly named Western Slope Poet Laureate, and Rafael Jesús González, poet laureate of Berkeley. We get their very different take on these two questions: 1) How much should we care about awards, what do they really have to offer us? and 2) How should we handle not winning? We’d love your feedback on these questions, too!

Episode Notes

Delta County’s Tomato Haiku Contest
Rosemerry’s Love Sonnet on Prairie Home Companion (around 1:25:00)
National Federation of Business and Professional Women
Christie at the National Magazine Awards
Luis Lopez
Rafael Jesús González