In the middle of last year I submitted a prose-poem to MoonPark Review. It was rejected. After picking myself up and dusting off my bruised ego, I noted that my rejection included an offer to submit again in future. So I logged that away and knew that when I had a better piece of short prose I would submit.
Then, late last year I wrote a story/poem/monologue called Mercury. I took it to a workshop where it was torn apart by the facilitator. After once again picking myself up and dusting off my bruised ego, I used the critique I got to almost completely rewrite it.
I submitted the new and improved Mercury.
It was accepted for their summer issue.
I highly recommend going back through prior issues too. There’s some good stuff there.
Thank you Mary Lynn and Lesley for giving me the encouragement I needed to submit a second time and for publishing this piece.
Find Mercury Here
A Lovely Word is a free open mic night that takes place on the second Monday of every month, in the bistro of the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. It was one of the first open mic nights I performed at after returning to Liverpool from uni. I was excited, anxious and out of practice and had no idea how I would fit into this whole new poetry scene. To my utter delight, it was warm and welcoming, with other attendees keen to tell me about other events going on in the city.
Along with the open micers, every month there’s a headliner. I loved watching them, seeing their skill and silently wishing I could do the same. Well, now I will be.
I have been invited to headline at A Lovely Word in June! This is something of a dream come true. It would be fantastic to see some of you there.
On June 11th at 7:30pm, head to:
The Everyman Theatre
5-11 Hope Street
If you want an open mic slot though, arrive early. They often run out of slots in less than 15 minutes!