I'm please to announce that my submission for the Mid-American Review's 2011 Fineline Contest "for Prose Poems, Short Shorts and Anything In Between" was selected as a Finalist, and ultimately will be published as an "Editor's Choice" in the spring issue, available at the 2012 AWP Conference.
The name of the piece is "Sidekicks" and it features detective work, bartenders, mechanical bulls, and real bulls.
Over the past few years I've been a Finalist for several writing contests, but never a winner, and I think this was a very near breakthrough. Maybe "Editor's Choice" was a breakthrough.
What do you think, can I call myself an award-winning poet now?