If you’re looking for some acknowledgement of all your hard work, why not enter a contest? Here are a couple to look at for starters:
The Rattle Poetry Prize – Grand prize of $5000 for one unpublished poem.
The Bard Fiction Prize – The Bard Fiction Prize is awarded to a promising, emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. In addition to the monetary award, the winner receives an appointment as writer in residence at Bard College for one semester, without the expectation that he or she teach traditional courses. The recipient gives at least one public lecture and meets informally with students.