That's the grand total to date that I have "earned" as a poet: $100 as a prize more than 15 years ago, $15 in 2001 for a poem published in ByLine Magazine, $10 in 2002 for a poem published in PanGaia, and now a $10 Amazon gift certificate for my latest entry in the weekly contest hosted by the amazing Miranda over at Creative Construction Life & Art.
Good thing I'm not relying on my writing to pay the mortgage, huh? Still, it was a lovely surprise to get the news that I'd won. The prompt was "apples," and I dusted off two old Eden poems for my entry. You can read the poems, and see the other entries, here.
And if you're a creative individual, especially a mom with a creative bent, definitely take the time to poke around the blog and consider entering the weekly contest. It's free, the prompts are fun, and the community is wonderful!