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Isis
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0 posted 03-16-2000 08:20 PM       View Profile for Isis   Email Isis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Isis's Home Page   View IP for Isis

Hi for the rest of you out there who don't know about poetry.com.  I'd like to pass on a small warning.  Myself, Janet Marie and Avanti all entered recent competitions and have all 'qualified'
as semi finalists with the heavily repeated often option of being 'published' in their own special collector's poetry book.  It is $70 U.S. dollars but as a contributor we can have it for the generous price of $50.
I was excited but wary, contacted Ron and it is a sham in conjuction with a certain book company.
Please enter comps sure, just be wary.
Others at Passions have been stung in the past too.
And apparently there have been plenty of newspaper articles about all this.  Many have been stung financially and emotionally.
So please tell any friends who enter comps too.  Best advice is to thoroughly research all places before you enter a piece of work.
Isis 17.03.00


 May the world hug you today,
With it's warmth and love.
I pray it whispers a joyful tune in your heart,
That tell you there is a friend sitting in another corner of the world,
Wishing you well and
wishing you love......
~Isis~
(Goddess - Sovereign of the Spirit)

Jonas
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since 03-03-2000
Posts 802
Oregon


1 posted 03-16-2000 09:10 PM       View Profile for Jonas   Email Jonas   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jonas

Very true folks....also beware of The National Library Of Poetry. All they want to do is sell books.
WhtDove
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since 07-22-99
Posts 9561
Illinois


2 posted 03-17-2000 10:48 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Jonas...poetry.com is the National Library of Poetry...one in the same.
StarrGazer
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since 03-05-2000
Posts 696
Texas


3 posted 03-17-2000 11:23 PM       View Profile for StarrGazer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for StarrGazer

poetry.com is not only the national library of poetry but it is also the international library of poetry ...I found out the hatd way ...paid the price got the book and then felt used... and now they send me things in the mail all the time ...I'm some ridiculous non existent status  (slips my mind at the moment) and they will publish my next poem sight unseen  based solely on my merit for only $50 !!! lmao  

Most publishers in truly legit contests  pay YOU in copies, etc  you should not have to pay to have your work published, though some contests do charge  reading fees which is a standard proceedure ...

live and learn I suppose ... I learned the hard way  

 ~*Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a tear*~


Sunshine
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Listening to every heart


4 posted 04-15-2002 07:13 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine


I have heard from several poets on other sites that is, of course, making the rounds.  They like to hit hard during April/Poetry Month...

please be careful, everyone.  You are paying them to pick randomly, say you are wonderful, and then fork over your dollars that will only show up in a book or two...
HopeS
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since 12-22-2000
Posts 4613
Perth Western Australia


5 posted 04-17-2002 11:47 AM       View Profile for HopeS   Email HopeS   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit HopeS's Home Page   View IP for HopeS

This URL may help http://windpub.org/literary.scams/index.htm
its all about poetry.com and their scams
I had them mail me by real mail twice saying I was a finalist , i was wary and came across the warnings in the above URL
Hope
Gentle Spirit
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since 10-09-2000
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6 posted 04-21-2002 11:59 AM       View Profile for Gentle Spirit   Email Gentle Spirit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gentle Spirit

I can testifie to this.  It is a scam.  I had some stuff published through them and they sent me a copy of the poem I had written for my father (our greatest heroe)
and sent it back edited and corrected and when they published it, it was not corrected and entire lines were missing.  It is a sad lesson learned....so I pass this on to you all, POETRY.COM is not legit as far as I can see.  Just jumping in to warn ya"ll.  Hugs.

Like a red brick,
in a white wall
somebodies brush
forgot to paint...
lonely....(as sung by Tracy Lawrence..)

Sunshine
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since 06-25-99
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7 posted 04-21-2002 08:36 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine


Thanks for the input, GS...knowledge is a GOOD thing....sharing it is even BETTER...
RosePetal
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since 08-26-2001
Posts 3414
South Florida


8 posted 04-22-2002 04:13 PM       View Profile for RosePetal   Email RosePetal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RosePetal

oh man, I know all about poetry.com

Last year, I submitted my poem "A loss of a heart" to them and they mailed me a letter asking if they can publish it in their upcoming book. I was pretty ecstatic so I signed my initials and sent it back to them, but I declined when they asked me to purchase the book for $50. The next notice said that it was published in a book (they told me the name of the book) and said I could find it in my local bookstore/library.
I went to check and no such book existed.
Boy, was I mad.
Moon Dust
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9 posted 04-25-2002 08:40 PM       View Profile for Moon Dust   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Moon Dust

yep did me too except I dont buy things like that cos I'm a bit caugious. Any way check to see if it was on amozon and it werent. Said they also put me on tape but I dont belive them think it was cos I didnt buy the book really.

I'm wise enough now not to let cool get to me.

NickTofteland
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since 06-13-2003
Posts 78
MN, USA


10 posted 11-02-2003 12:40 AM       View Profile for NickTofteland   Email NickTofteland   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for NickTofteland

I am floored by this as I recieved a check in the mail from poetry.com which cleared the bank and the money is in my bank account as we speak. I also recieved the book that my poem was published in and the book was beautifully arranged. I am not sure what happened but whatever occured with you all is a crime. For myself, I recieved $200.00 and a free copy of the book and CD set that my poem was recorded on and set to music. So for me, it was great... I feel bad for the rest of you however.
littlewing
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since 03-02-2003
Posts 9998
New York


11 posted 11-02-2003 12:09 PM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

HUGE ripoff
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Idaho, USA


12 posted 11-02-2003 02:59 PM       View Profile for Trillium   Email Trillium   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Trillium

Thanks for the warning!

Betty Lou Hebert

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