Always interesting to read comments by those who judge poetry competitions.
Patrick Cotter, who judged the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize, has some reflections here on the judging process. The winning “competition poem” is . . . a stand-alone achievement which punches above its weight, a corvette which bristles with the armament of a battleship. There were 1,700 entries from 560 poets!
George Szirtes had a recent post which I assume was inspired by his judging of the Magma Poetry Competition which I entered. This includes gems such as Never believe yourself at your gravest or most profound. The planets move on, the odd star occasionally giggling.
No results yet from there. Hmmm. My entries were a bit serious weren't they.