Yesterday, I tweeted:
It’s more a reminder to myself than anyone else.
We work harder when we love our work, and I adore creativity. Yet I need to learn to pause and celebrate how far I’ve come. I need to get as excited about where I am as where I’m going!
So, today, I’m taking the time to thank Defunct Magazine for selecting my chapbook NO ACTUAL SIN as the winning entry for their 2022 May Day Chapbook Contest.
The chapbook explores intimacy, sexuality, healing, and shame, the title taken from a D H Lawrence quote.
They said of the submission:
“Our judges were enamoured with the authentic voice… and the way consistent themes and ideas were weaved throughout the collection.”
It reminds me of another Tweet I’ve turned into my desktop wallpaper:
I crave validation, yet I’m reticent to accept when the validation is there!
I am so grateful that my work reached the judges and editors at Defunct, and hope it will reach you, too.
Also, congratulations to the runner-up Durell Carter and the honourable mentions Secret Hallelujah, Marcia LeBeau, and Alison Lubar. Let’s all celebrate each other!