It has come to my attention that many members of PoetryPlease are happy about being 'published' by a site called Poetry.com, which amongst other things claims to offer $10,000 in prizes and publish your work in an anthology.
THIS IS A SCAM.
The 'anthology' of poetry that you pay something like $50 for will be printed in tiny tiny fonts and crammed with thousands upon thousands of other 'semi-finalists' and 'finalists.'
It's definately fake. There will be a book published, but your page will only be on it if you purchase the book, and there are other cost that will creep up. On top of that, poetry.com has no credibility, so even though it might be cool to see your poem in print, in the long run, it has no effect on your writing career or portfolio.
"There's a sucker born every minute... and you were right on time."
I honestly don't understand how poetry.com keeps getting away with this same scam!
I fell for an identical scam on that site about 7 years ago.
More than that, although it may not be explicitly stated in the guidelines, poetry.com reserves the right to re-publish any poetry submitted through it in this contest. It's not just that you lose out once, the rip continues... wait till you see your poetry being submitted on other sites by poetry.com.
DO NOT submit poetry there; they are not fair to either their readers or the writers by continuing scams which infringe copyright of work.
Searching for "poetry scams" on google will usually lead you to some links that talk about the situation more in detail, and, among other thiings, will have an encompassing list of the sites that are scams. Such lists will also usually talk about the few "contest" sites that actually are legitimate, and usually, the prizes they do offer are not spectacular. The offer of fantastic prizes is part of the scam; real sites can and will not offer huge cash prizes.