my poem Alarm did ok in this contest. I only enter free contests because I don’t really think that its worth the money trying my luck with those (this one, for example…free and it had 1,500 people send in work! yikes!). and even the ones that cost money still have lots of applicants. i did send in for one contest this year though–the Rattle chapbook prize. it comes with a subscription to Rattle so I figure its a win-win (even when you don’t win). i wrote a chapbook that has nothing to do with my church lady poems. i’m not entirely sure i want to work towards publishing it, so i only sent to the one contest. if i find a chapbook publisher that i’m particularly interested in working with, then perhaps. but a large part of me wonders, what is the point? can i do readings? no. will it make money and provide for my family? decidedly no. do i need to publish to keep my job? absolutely no. will anyone even read it? so you see my line of thinking here (negative) (but accurate). if you are reading this and have thoughts on chapbooks, what are your thoughts? are they as negative as mine?