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Aenimal
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Poetry Con tests from Hell
by Eileen Kernaghan

It seems that every literary magazine and writers' organization in the English-speaking world is running a poetry competition. In most cases the sponsors are legitimate and the aims are worthwhile: increasing a membership or subscription base, bringing recognition and financial rewards to deserving poets. But then there are the vanity contests, those money-grabbing schemes that pop up like weeds in print and on the Internet: "World's Best Poetry Contest: Up to $20,000 in prizes! Become a Published Poet!" How is the struggling writer to distinguish the reputable contests from the not-so-reputable?

[ The rest of the article can be read at http://www.sfcanada.ca/fall99/poetry.htm  ]

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which is why I stay here. Same if those "winner" banners pop up. They'll tell you you won a free vacation, but you have to go to a certain hotel and stuff and you end up paying it all anyway. I got a pop up ad that said 'you're the 324583th person to see this website! Come claim your prize.' Oh great, is that the lucky number or something?

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If you can tell me something worth fighting for
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A key issue is the motivation of the contest administrators.  

If you are expected to pay a fee for your work to be included in a publication, it's highly likely that the book will be available exclusively to its participants. No one else purchases the publications.  That would be quite self-serving on the parts of the administrators, wouldn't it?

Conversely, a publication such as ours here at Passions is compiled for the benefit of our members.  We have a very intricately fair means of choosing the poetry for inclusion in our anthologies.  Our administration makes no profit on its publication, but rather makes the books available to our members at wholesale rates and encourages them to resell the books for their own profit...

It's a no-brainer, methinks...
 
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