That's great news about the competition, and you're in great company with Alicia. Would that you both could win.
Congratulations, too, on being accepted by Poetry Northwest. It's a fine magazine and is edited by a fine poet, David Wagoner, a former teacher of mine who has consistently rejected my submissions. (I haven't submitted for a long time because Scribner's commissioned me to write an essay on him for their American Writers Series and he helped me by answering a number of questions; it seems awkward to send him poems while the ink's still wet on the essay.) His standards are very high -- there are but a handful of magazines that earn you such bragging rights.