go to poets and writers magazine........
go to poets and writers magazine........
Wow... I never realized how many people were effected by Poetry.com.
I submitted several poems that were "chosen" for their precious books, but once I got the info in the mail I discarded it because it looked like a scam...Again, wow.
*Even if I lost all hope, would you believe in me?*
Did anyone else get this from poetry.com? Do they really hold this convention or is it simply a hoax?
(I replaced my name iwth ***'s)
Ladies and gentlemen, and fellow poets . . . It's now time to declare the winner of the largest cash prize ever awarded to an amateur poet . . . Our Poet of the Year for 2005 . . . and Grand Prize winner of $20,000 is . . .
We're familiar with your work, ***, and you know . . .
it could happen just that way!
I would like to inform you of your nomination as Poet of the Year for 2005, and to personally invite you to read your poetry at the single largest gathering of poets in history, where you will be formally inducted as an International Poet of Merit and Honored Member of our Society for 2005.
Your induction will take place Friday evening, February 25th, at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, during the International Society of Poets Spring 2005 Convention and Symposium.
You will also be honored with two separate and very special awards for your poetic achievement at special ceremonies throughout the weekend.
First, to honor and commemorate your poetic accomplishments, after you present your poetry in front of fellow poets from around the world, amidst the applause from the audience, you will be presented with your Outstanding Achievement in Poetry Silver Award Bowl. The Award is a magnificent work of art in itself ($200.00 value), uniquely engraved and mounted on a cherry-wood base (see it here). This incomparable award is so large and heavy, you may need an extra suitcase just to carry it home!
And **** . . . there's much more . . .
In recognition of your poetry presentation at this prestigious International Symposium, we will also create and present to you a beautiful and colorful Commemorative Award Medallion to honor your poetic dedication and achievements.
36 POETS WILL SHARE $74,000.00 TOTAL IN PRIZES--INCLUDING
THE SINGLE LARGEST POETRY CASH PRIZE EVER AWARDED--$20,000.00!
And don't forget the most lucrative amateur poetry contest ever! Your contest entry poem can be written in any style, on any subject . . . and can be up to 40 lines long.
Just think . . . for this poem alone, you will have the opportunity to win one of 36 cash and gift prizes to be awarded at the Symposium . . . including a Grand Prize of $20,000.00--the largest cash prize ever awarded in an amateur poetry competition. There's also a Second Prize of $5,000.00, two Third Prizes of all-expenses paid vacations for two, including a Caribbean cruise and a trip to Cancun, Mexico, a Fourth Prize of $1,000.00, and six other cash prizes of $500.00 each. World-renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, W.D.Snodgrass, and Academy of American Poets Past Chancellor, David Wagoner, will be with us to congratulate poets and present the Grand Prize.
Your society is also encouraging today's youth to develop and utilize their poetic talents in a positive manner. This year we will award five $1,000.00 cash scholarships to talented young poets attending the Symposium.
Our editors and professors will also be searching for new poetic talent. Twenty poets will be "discovered" in the contest reading sessions. These winners will be awarded publishing or recording contracts that will generate international exposure for their poetic artistry.
In all, $74,000.00 in cash and prizes will be awarded at this single event!
LIGHTS . . . CAMERA . . . ACTION!
And that's still just the beginning . . . we've got three very special days planned for you . . . ones you'll never forget!
**You will be officially inducted as an honorary "International Poet of Merit" for 2005.
**You and your poetic achievements will be honored at two Gala Banquets and Award Ceremonies.
**Florence Henderson, legendary star of "The Brady Bunch" and long time friend of ISP, will be on hand all weekend long to inspire and entertain us.
**You will enjoy dazzling world class entertainment created especially for you featuring legendary Motown Singing group The Marvelettes. You will be up close and personal when The Marvelettes thrill us with their classic hits including "Please, Mr. Postman" and "Don't Mess With Bill". These special command performances will delight you. There will also be many other surprise Las Vegas Headliners and Midnight Dance Parties on both Friday and Saturday nights!
**You will learn more about your craft in seminars, reading rooms, rap sessions, and workshops, where you can read and discuss your poetry in informal settings with other poets from all over the world. Back by popular demand are the ISP rap rooms, our famous sunrise poetry readings, the ISP Coffee House, the ISP Open Microphone Rooms, and workshops on how to fine-tune your poetic talents.
**You will have the rare opportunity to get up-close and personal with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W. D. Snodgrass, Academy of American Poets Past Chancellor David Wagoner, Dr. Len Roberts, Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin, and over twenty other poetry celebrities who will be in attendance.
**You will attend a VIP reception where you can take pictures, get autographs, and personally meet all of the celebrity poets in attendance.
**You will participate in a fantastic international poetry competition featuring 36 prizes totaling $74,000.00. A Grand Prize of $20,000.00, two all-expenses paid vacations for two, including a Caribbean cruise and a trip to Cancun, Mexico, 8 other cash prizes totaling $9,000.00, 10 poetry recording contracts, 10 book publishing contracts, and 5 $1,000.00 Young Poets Scholarship prizes will be awarded at this single event.
**You and your guests will also be eligible to win one of many door prizes, valued at over $6,000.00.
**You will make friendships that will last a lifetime and will return home with wonderful memories, your Outstanding Achievement in Poetry Silver Award Bowl, your Commemorative Award Medallion, and lots of other special gifts.
DON'T BE LEFT OUT
Don't miss this opportunity. Space is limited, and our Conventions routinely sell out. Plan to join your fellow poets at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, February 25-27, 2005, for the poetic event of the year! I am also looking forward to meeting you and celebrating the power and beauty of poets and poetry!
International Society of Poets
Don't try to hack into hell they've put up extra firewalls
I'm sure they hold it. Its too profitable for them not too, and if they didn't hold it it'd be illegal.
The Literature Network
they seem to have forgotten to mention any costs the 'poet' may have to incur in order to participate........
This is a poem I wrote and posted on poetry workshop, its a different website but part of poetry.com.
They say come and share your poems.
Review a few too.
$45.00 a year is all we ask of you.
If you dont
You cant join the contest.
You cant see the full review.
You have to pay to play our game.
We think your poems are number one.
Oh we really really do.
Just send us $197.00
We have a beautifull award for you.
It doesnt really matter if your talented.
We dont really care.
We only need to know, what you can afford.
You could put your picture right here.
You could write a few words about yourself.
Just type in your credit card number
and press submit.
Just dont forget to read the fine, print.
You will see this site
Is just a bunch of bullsh*t!!!!
Also I have recieved all the letters from poetry.com, saying editors pick, convention letters, anything you can imagine they have sent me trying to get me to buy a book, Ive never bought anything from them but have posted my poetry on there site, for easy reference for the past five years or so. THe biggest scam is trying to get you to buy your own award......thats what I think is really horrible.
I have also done a fair bit of research into this poetry scam. I notice that it has alot of variations. One such example is, Poets.com. Beware of this site it is filled with other ignorant ametuer poets. I tried warning them but to no avail.
What exactly do they do? well, they lure in poets by giving them false promises. Their most successful one to date, is that you can win "actual prizes". It sound simple enough to the unsuspecting. I was actually duped. I ended posting poems.
sure enough, I quickly moved up the ranks. I was feeling all-time high. It came to point where I was one of the leading poets. Yeah right... But as may you now guess I eventually felt really low. The prizes weren't forth coming.
My point is that we all should be mindful of poetry scams.They play with our emotions and are often effective. Luckily enough, poets.com is a subscription based site, so should be incentive enough to deter you from the reality the lurks behind it.
Does anyone know that this company is a member in good standing with the better business bureau (bbb) of Maryland. Apparently no one has written any complaints to them regarding this company. I have changed this and made the first complaint. Hopefully others will follow suit and make complaints also. Its not much but it is a beginning.
ANY COMPANY THAT TELLS YOU TO SEND MONEY FOR AN AWARD IS A SCAM.
IF YOU HAVE WON A REAL PRIZE, IT IS FREE, LIKE WINNING THE LOTTERY.
The whole of poetry.com and everything associated is a scam, i can promise you that, theres no convention, no nothing, its all illegal, just to rip people off, have the emails blocked
Last edited by Gizzler; 07-13-2005 at 06:44 AM. Reason: I talk to much
I have been in three of their books now. One I was in when they had an English Office and the other two from the States. Look I may not win a Pulititizer(I spelt that wrong) for my work but at least the poems are out there. They were about the lonliness, the heartbreak I faced and the love I couldn't have. The first I was in was sold out and I couldn't even get second hand. I didn't buy the first book. I am kicking myself. Its no longer available
Littlerego... I don't think you understand that they send those letters to EVERYONE that submits a poem. The worst thing is that they don't send it to you everytime... just on your first, then maybe 4th and 6th entry. I submitted a poem on poetry.com about 3 months ago, my girlfriend submitted one at the same time and so far we've been recieving identical letters of recognition. And yes we've gotten the softcover book, the hardcover book, the editor's choice awards, the sounds of poetry, and EVEN the offer to buy the $180US Silver Bowl... WOW what a scam...
On another note however, they do keep your poems on their website and you are more then welcome to send out free e-cards. I just wish I hadn't entered my real address because the letters are getting just a little bit annoying....
I, too, have a horror story. I have two books with my work. Plus they sent me one with an invoice and I am not featured. Why would I want that? So I shipped it back. Then I went on line, only to find out that there were no less than 7 other people, who have the same name as I. They did not tell me of this or I would have submitted under my logo. Imagine my disappointment, when I showed my volume, only to have someone say, " You have four in this book!" "No, only one." " Which one are you?" Took the wind out of my sails.Originally Posted by sandy809
I submitted a poem of mine to this Poetry.com, and I got a letter in the mail saying that my poem has been "accepted." The only difference I see in my letter from the testimonies I hear from other people, is that my poem will be featured on an entire page, opposed to sharing a page with two other poems. In this letter, it says that I do not have to buy a book in order for my poem to be published, and that I will be entered into the contest regardless if I buy anything. This DOES seem like a scam to me, but I am debating whether I want to agree to have my work published and just not buy anything they offer, or if I want to refuse all together. What do you all think?
I just recieved my letter from Poetry.com yesterday, and now that I read all of your testimonies, I am pretty upset. I was so excited about getting a piece of my work published, but now I realize it is all bullogna. But in my letter, it says I don't have to buy a book in order for it to be published. What do you all think? Should I have them publish it but not buy a book, or say screw 'em and shred the "Artist's Proof" right now?