I submitted poems on 4/6, but they are still listed as having "no readings yet." Is there a huge backlog, or are you waiting until the submission period is closed before you begin reading submissions?
Because my beloved reminds me of the power of positive affirmation (heh heh heh), I will only state this: this will be my lucky year for inclusion in BNP.There. Presto; I'm in.
What is the timeline for the contest? for forwarding finalists? for fifty winners?
Has anybody been rejected yet?
Anyone been read yet?
I've had 1 reading.
So how many entries this year? Throw us a few numbers to wile away the time.
Oh, this blog was waaaaaaaaaaaaaay more active last year and the year before. It got a little uncivil (which I could do without) but it was waaaaay more interesting.
Come ooooon! You might at least tell us how many entries the screeners gotta go through.The buzzword these days seems to be "transparency." How about a little of that here?
The smallest of updates would make this contest much more fun.
I still have no readings...
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Can someone answer a simple question: how much longer till everyone is read at least once? I also have no readings on my file even though I submitted a little over a month ago.
over six weeks, no reading yet
I subbed several times, and it looks to me like they're reading through in the order that poems were received, giving each submission one reading for now. Best to be patient -- I'm sure they have a lot of poems to get through.
Please give us an update, O keeper of the blog!
In the past how many readings happen?I have 1.
I had a poem in the 2008 edition and I only had one reading. Though, having been in before does nothing to lessen the anxiety of the wait. At this point, my poems only have one reading, too...
I still have no readings at all!
Finally. A reading
I submitted quite late (the contest not being on my general writing radar this year), and I imagine that entries are being read in the order in which they were received. I wonder, however, if the later entries will receive the same attention (and thus have the same chance) as those read earlier in the submissions process. The level of consistent professionalism in this yearly contest suggests that each entry will receive a fair reading no matter when it was submitted. Knowledge of human qualities--and the fact that my entries have yet to be read once--dictate a slightly more cynical view on my part. Still . . . .
I tend to agree with you. I've worked contests before and in all of them the entries were gathered together and read not as they were entered, but in total. It is a bit odd...
As it seems most of the submissions have been read, I hope the series editors will send a generous selection onto the volume editor. Would 200-300 be feasible? I know if I were the volume editor, I would want to choose from a large selection: several hundred recommended by first readers, and even access to all the poems for my own skim and sampling (which shouldn't be hard to do with the current submission technology). After all, that would be my name on the cover of the book.