From the get-go I was really inspired by Tired Heart's focus on the intersection of writing and mental health, on publishing poems of testimony, poems that are necessary, poems that are "soul-shaking." Their call for submissions asked for poets to submit manuscripts that we thought could change and save lives, and I'm honored that they found my little book of sad poems worthy.
It was incredibly validating to win a contest where I thought my ideals about poetry really lined up with those professed by the editors involved. I feel like the manuscript ended up where it belongs. Now, for the editing and waiting and prettifying!