I'm sure some of you have seen in writing magazines or on the Internet, advertisements for the National Library of Poetry contests. Yeah, I know it looks suspicious...but I admit I got suckered into "entering" back in highschool and was promptly sent a letter inviting me to purchase the anthology in which my "winning" entry would be published, for the low price of only $29.95.
There are other scams out there, but the NLoP is probably the one that suckers the most people.
I found a webpage with a list: "13 Warning Signs of a Bad Poetry Contest." Here's (http://www.winningwriters.com/warningsigns.htm) the link. Make sure you click on Number 2 where it says "examples." There are three really really bad poems which people submitted to the NLoP contest to see what would happen. Of course, they were selected as semifinalists. Funny stuff! (The one called Nicky Nacky Noo just about made me pee myself.)
July 26th, 2003, 02:23 PM
Thanks for the heads up Miriamele. I'm not much of a poet myself, but there are a lot of scams out there and it's good that they get pointed out. People who prey on the hopes of others are a pet peeve of mine.
It's always a good idea to ask around if you're considering paying for something because, unfortunately, the bottom line is that we live in a "buyer beware" world.
July 27th, 2003, 08:00 AM
I've heard poetry.com contests are a scam.
July 27th, 2003, 03:59 PM
I think poetry.com is affiliated with the above--the same company uses several different names to sucker people in.
July 28th, 2003, 12:35 PM
There are a lot of scams out there. Check out Writer's Beware (http://www.sfwa.org/Beware/) . They try to keep the public aware of the current scams as well as the agents and others propogating these scams.
July 29th, 2003, 05:02 PM
I can definately tell you that poetry.com is a scam. About a year ago I submitted a poem of mine to get published. They picked it and sent me a letter to buy the book it was going to be in for $80 and the sent me a letter for a trip to Florida for some poet's convention. That one cost $400. Let's just say from then on I ignored them and they still keep sending me things to buy.
August 14th, 2003, 07:03 PM
I once sent them a poem called "Blah blah blah cheese in a bucket" and it went like this:
bla bla bla
I ate myself and now
I am cheese in a bucket.
I won. I choose not to buy the anthology. I worry for those who did.:)
August 23rd, 2003, 09:54 PM
I had a pretty slow day a work yesterday so had plenty of time to check out the wergle flomp contest, take a look at these two they are fantastic!
Roses can open in the darkness (http://www.winningwriters.com/wergleflomp/2003/daugherty.htm)
and A love letter from the Prague, the capital of Amsterdam (http://www.winningwriters.com/wergleflomp/2003/gilmore.htm) had me rolling on the floor.:D
August 24th, 2003, 09:47 AM
Those are great, Joe. I was looking around that same site and I found some other funny poems that people sent to scam contests as a joke:
And Ode to Buns (http://www.winningwriters.com/wergleflomp/2003/howard.htm)
Chipmonks and Chimps (http://www.winningwriters.com/wergleflomp/2003/greaves.htm)
Vanity! All's is Vainity (http://www.winningwriters.com/wergleflomp/2003/orr.htm)
I wonder if they were actually printed in the anthology as promised? :D