To celebrate the National Poetry Competition 2012, we toured some of the internet's poetry hotspots. Selected poets associated with the National Poetry Competition were invited to submit guest posts to blogs with a passion for poetry.
We visited Best American Poetry with features posted daily for nearly a week under the Poetry Society UK tag. Features from poets: Stephen Knight (first prize, NPC 1992), Julia Copus (first prize, NPC 2002), Paul Adrian (first prize, NPC 2010), Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch (second prize, NPC 2011).
Over on Surroundings, Rhian Gallagher (first prize, NPC 2001) looked back on her success. "In a strange kind of way the competition also helped in my negotiations to cut back to a four-day week in my day job."
Over on George Szirtes' blog we heard from Ian Duhig, who worked with homeless people before winning the National Poetry Competition in 1987 (as well as again in 2000) gave him the opportinity to work as a freelance writer, which he has done since.
And finally, Displacement welcomed Manhattan-based poet Helen Klein Ross (commended, NPC 2011) with a reminder that the National Poetry Competition, despite its name, welcomes entries from anywhere in the world.