One of the criteria for the prize was that I had to have not only written a manuscript, but at least a first draft. I didn’t actually know if this was possible until I was in Los Angeles at the launch of the newspaper and saw a magazine with pictures of the author and the titles of her books all over it.

When I got back home I typed the title of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone into Google and found this thing, an online poem competition, that said there had been a competition for my poem but I hadn’t signed up.

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