I won a couple of newspaper contests here in Texas and was published in the newspaper, actually gave me a weekend to Galveston for two, and tickets to the Circus, and a couple of other things. But, get this, there was this other girl who had the same name as me at that time. The newspaper contacted her because I guess her phone number was in the directory and mine was not (even though I put it on all poems and the entry), did a photo op and everything, and printed her along with my poems.....she took the awards and never told anyone it wasn't her poem; she just pretended to be me completely to get the prizes. Do you believe that? Well, it's true. Anyway, the man who had invited me to write to start with saw her picture with my name....needless to say, things did get straightened out. I suppose I could have made a big deal out about this, but I just let it slide. I was just glad to see my poems in print. Won a trophy once and was also published in an Anthology of American Poets (with about 3000 other people) along time ago...under my former name, Goad. I have had an offer to publish a volume now, and am toying with the idea...but I do love sharing here. There is every bit as much joy in it, no money (but who ever said you would get rich writing poetry???). I'm kind of curious why you asked the question?