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@badpenny (741)
Seagoville, Texas
January 11, 2007 10:18am CST
How many of you have entered the poetry contest? Did you all "win" I have "won" so many times. They send you a nice letter wanting you to buy the book your poem is going to be in. Is this a hoot or what?
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@vivasuzi (4125)
• United States
11 Jan 07
I have entered, but not by my own choice. It was because in school the teacher would submit them. I never won, but I also was never great at poetry. I could follow the rules, get the pattern, and do the rhymes, but I never had any real feelings in it. I guess poetry just isn't for everyone. As for buying the book, I had a similar experience when I sent my dog in to a photo contest. "You won! buy this 80$ book to see your dog"... no thanks! I saw my dog everyday so I didn't need a book :)
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• United States
12 Jan 07
Enjoyed your response, I am so gullible and live in a box I guess, never heard of things happening before - we throw out a lot of junk mail offers and such. -- But I'm not a poet either, have you thought maybe in the humor department. :)
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• United States
11 Jan 07
I recieve this from poetry.com all the time as well as letters to go to florida and nevada to read my poem... as well as pay an arm and a leg.
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• Ireland
11 Jan 07
I guess you mean poetry.com or the International Library of Poetry. This is a vanity publisher which has no interest what so ever in good poetry, they are only interested in scamming impressionable people. The Wergle Flump poetry competition was started to parody sites like this, spoof poems written for poetry.com or similar websites can be entered into it and the funniest or most original one is chosen as the winner. If you are looking for proper competitions, you have to remember that competitions don't pay for themselves- free competitions are scams, judges need to be paid and prizes need to be covered. Reputable competitions always request at least a small fee to defray competition cost. It's like a club free ones offer nothing much or worse just want to sell you something. To find proper competitions winningwriters.com publishes lists of competitions that are worth looking at. Good luck anyway
@badpenny (741)
• Seagoville, Texas
14 Jan 07
Oh. I do! The thing is, I just did it on a dare, the poem I wrote I just typed in off the top of my head, and I never thought I'd "win"! It's not that I'm such a bad poet, I think I have excellent communication skills, I just thought it was hilarious that I wrote a short little poem that was practically nonsense, and they say i "won"! I have no intention of buying their book, and if I do decide to publish any of my work, I will go to a reputable publisher.
@Dseacrest (203)
• United States
15 Jan 07
As a writer we all tend to submit our work to poety contest and all but in the end we find it is just for the people throwing the contest to get money out of you. Those books aren't printed until you order them. I have been the one to enter those and then get a letter saying I won the crystal award and later find out there is nothing but they want me to pay 45 bucks for a book with my poem in it. yeah it's a hoot.
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• United States
15 Jan 07
Yeah, it a scam I haven't heard anyone fall for. Has anyone ever seen a book published by poetry.com?
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@amyh2637 (82)
• United States
12 Jan 07
Oh yeah. I won they even sent me a nice winners certificate in the mail. I framed it and put it on my desk for a laugh. My poem was hillarious. It had no poetic quality whatsoever except for the fact that it rhymed! Its fun to play with just don't buy the book.
• United States
12 Jan 07
heehee, I remember that. poetry.com gets a lot of rep for doing that.
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• Philippines
11 Jan 07
Hahaha...yeah. Happened to me a few times before. They sent me a letter saying they wanted to publish my poem in a coffee-table book of poetry and was giving me a chance to purchase it at a discount price since my poem was going to be in it. Hahaha. Aren't they supposed to pay the writer for using their work and not the other way around?
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