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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.'

For more information, please check out this extremely well written news article.  news.deviantart.com/article/21…
Please read this article, and check out any website or offer that appears to be too good to be true; it usually is.

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Protect yourselves!
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lunaXdracoXmalfoy Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007   Traditional Artist
thank you for posting this. yep i "won" and i was so mad to find out about the fact that its a scam
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yaoi-ish-life Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007   Writer
From what my letter said, I would have my own page. I had seen a preview of what it would look like, too. Are you sure? I don't want to reply to the letter if it's a fake.
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PoetryPlease Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007
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.
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exarobibliologist Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007  Professional Photographer
"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.
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DeMann6654 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2007  Professional Writer
Most of those sites are scams, unfortunately.

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.
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Jedfire Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2007
they also operate under the guise of "The International Society of Poets"
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Iscariot-Priest Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
Thanks for the heads up. I guess poetry.com's only saving grace is the public's reaction to it. Some people wanting to mess around with them wrote some pretty funny stuff :giggle:
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ravynsfaery Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007  Professional Photographer
thanks for the heads.
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ClaudiaCasanova Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
Thanks for posting this article.:heart: Im sure it will help many poets.
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bananaprincess Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007
Hey, thanks for linking. I really hope as many poets can learn about this as possible. Some of the stories about people whose hopes were dashed are truly heartrending.
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The-Unknown-Poet Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007   Writer
Yeah, I got a letter from them about a year ago... didn't follow it through though.
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centrstage1116 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007
On the plus side if you don't order the book you can just have fun being published once in a while for no good reason free of charge.
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SilentWalker81 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007
Thank you for posting this.
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UndeadGranola Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007
gawd people can be such jerks
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sumarlegur Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Now what am I going to do with the poem I wrote for Santa?
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exarobibliologist Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007  Professional Photographer
Submit it to deviantart.com and let =PoetryPlease and ~PoetryPleaseWorkshop critique it. We'll always give you the credit you deserve.
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FridgePoetry Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007
This particular scam has been going for years!!!!!!!! Basically if they ask you for money, then they don't think that you are some kind of artistic genius!
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PoetryPlease Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007
Yes, but since it's still going, it's obviously working. And people are still falling into its trap.
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Synith Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2007
As if we didn't know..
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PoetryPlease Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007
Some people, apparently, do not know.
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lerkingshadow Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2007
thanx for the heads up. dont normally go in for those things but will be more careful now of my poems
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