WARNING about POETRY.COM and its Affiliates

Post about new poetry sites, contests, books, miscellaneous resources, etc here.

Moderators: thief of dreams, heinzs

Forum rules
This forum is for Poetry related news, resources, contests and announcements.

This is the only forum where those types of posts are acceptable. If they are posted elswhere they will be deleted and your account may also be deleted. You need to be an active registered member of the Poetry Pages in order to post here.

Members of this site tend to frown upon people registering just to "advertise" in this forum and not participating in other forums. It is suggested that you introduce yourself, post some of your work and comment on others first.

Resources available here are posted by Poetry Pages members and are not warranted for accuracy or applicability by Poetry Pages administrators.

Articles not posted to in 180 days will be automatically deleted by the system
Berlie
Behind the Curtain
Posts: 797
Joined: Mon Dec 17, 2001 12:01 am
Tag line: Behind the Curtain
Location: Georgia, USA

WARNING about POETRY.COM and its Affiliates

Post by Berlie » Fri Apr 23, 2004 1:28 pm

Poetry.com, the website for 'The National Library of Poetry" IS A SCAM.

The National Library of Poetry is also known by the following names:
--International Library of Poetry
--Poetry.com
--Watermark Press
--International Society of Poets

Everyone who enters their contest is a "semi-finalist". It doesn't matter what you send it, you are told your poem is great and that they want to publish you poem in a book. They publish about 50 books of poetry a YEAR. Each book is jam packed full of other poems in small print. In order to be published in this book you have to buy a copy of this book for about $50. This book is NOT made available to anyone other than the poets who fell for the scam who and are buying their book copy so they can be published in the book. If you do not buy a copy of the book your poem WILL NOT be published in it.

After some time you will start to receive other letters from them. Saying they wish to publish your poem on a CD (for a modest fee) or frame your work in print (for a modest fee). You are then said to be a semi finalist or something similar to their contest and they want you to go to a poetry convention to claim your prize. You can go to this convention for a fee.. last I heard it was close to $1,000. You can then pay another fee to read your poetry at this convention etc etc.. you get the idea.

Please read up on Poetry.com before you submit a poem to their contest and before you pay for them to publish your poem.

ABC even did a story about this scam.

Here are some links for you with more information:

http://www.ciao.co.uk/poetry_com__Review_5301554

http://www.winningwriters.com/warningsigns.htm

http://www.eliteskills.com/writing_scam ... m.scam.php

http://www.poetryresources.com/scams.htm

http://windpub.com/literary.scams/nlp.htm

http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/ripoff2091.htm



Many people will go ahead and pay them the 50 bucks knowing they are a scam and no one will ever see their book simply because they have always wanted to see their poetry in print.

If that is your desire there are better ways. Visit our "Get Published" section for information on publishing your poetry. You can publish a book of your poetry FOR FREE if you desire and see your work in print in book form. Or for about 150 bucks you can get an ISBN for you book and have it available to be purchased through places like Amazon.com.
Last edited by Berlie on Tue Jan 17, 2006 10:12 am, edited 1 time in total.
--------------------------------------------------
Image
twisting the throttle
as I lean into the curve
bug SPLAT on my face
--------------------------------------------------
My Poetry Posts | My Poetry Vault | Self-Pub.net

User avatar
KillerFox81
Humanity's Last Hope
Posts: 32
Joined: Mon Oct 20, 2003 10:01 am
Location: NYC
Contact:

Post by KillerFox81 » Fri Apr 23, 2004 8:59 pm

Berlie did the people of this site ever say how much they loved ya??? You always manage to find this great info and let us all know. Thanks for the advice on my least favorite webpage now, poetry.com.
<font>
Audience Member: Negrodamus, why is President Bush convinced there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?
Negrodamus: Because he has the receipt.

Silky Johnston: Now, if you'll excuse me. I'm gonna go put water in Buck Nasty's Mama's dish.

Silky Johnston: I hate you. I hate you. I hate you. I don't even know you, but I hate you. I hate your guts. I hope all the bad things in life happen to you and only to you

</font>

User avatar
Floetry Spades
I'm the Floesist
Posts: 243
Joined: Sat Jul 05, 2003 12:01 am
Tag line: Veteran
Location: Em...I...es es...I..es es....I..pee pee...I
Contact:

Post by Floetry Spades » Sat Apr 24, 2004 7:13 pm

I think we've all been fooled by Poetry dot com....at least once... :lol: It's part of becoming a poet.
Image

Purchase my first poetry collection on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Little-Time-Capsu ... ap_title_0

"Floetry, your eyes are so much,
stronger than your voice." -- Jukoto

"Bitter melon is sweet ... In it's own honeyed way .... Like candles don't flicker .... Alone in the rain" -- Miyu

9inchsofsimplifiednothing
The Exemplification Of Nothing
Posts: 34
Joined: Sat Jul 05, 2003 12:01 am
Contact:

Post by 9inchsofsimplifiednothing » Fri Apr 30, 2004 11:55 pm

$12 million/year. That said.....
It's a horrible scam but wouldnt you do it for 12 million dollars a year?
The tide is high on Fourteenth Street.
The rain comes down to clear the heat.
The way in is the same way out.
The way up is the same way down.
Now there is no safe way out.

User avatar
EnchantingVamp

Post by EnchantingVamp » Wed Jun 16, 2004 4:45 pm

About 3 yrs ago I was targeted for this " convention " scam and " we want to publish your work " scam. The sadest part is, I never thought for a second I was getting scamed. I though my work was just note-worthy and yada yada yada. I went to my lawyer to draw up payment for my trip to Florida for this " convention " and he broke the scam to me. I don't think I wrote anything for months because the whole thing just made me sick.
But being the forgiving person that I am, yeah, right, my handy-dandy lawyer filed a law-suit on my behalf. :twisted:

God Bless America

:computer:

User avatar
heinzs
The Fat Cat
Posts: 8361
Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2001 12:01 am
Tag line: Do no harm
Location: Novato, CA
Contact:

Post by heinzs » Wed Jun 16, 2004 7:48 pm

Good for you, EV!!

:cheers:
**************************************
An' it harm none, do what ye will. Blessed Be.
Image
***************************************
My Poet's Page Archive | Topics I've started

User avatar
Raven Aurora
Immortal, Interrupted
Posts: 99
Joined: Mon May 05, 2003 12:01 am
Location: the downward spiral
Contact:

Post by Raven Aurora » Tue Jun 29, 2004 11:35 am

I'm really glad that I didn't follow through with buying their book.... I too have received one of their letters. They said they were going to publish one of my poems, "Shape of My Heart", in one of their books. I couldn't afford the fee they were asking for, though, and now am grateful that I didn't try to send them anything. Anyone who hypes up a person's dreams for their own personal gain is a lowlife who deserves naught more than being castrated...okay, well maybe not a punishment of that severity, lol... but at least jailed! Thank you for your information. I'm sure a lot of people are grateful that you're looking out for them.

Many blessings,

Raven Aurora

User avatar
MyEndlessTrials
Clearwater Poet
Posts: 49
Joined: Tue Sep 14, 2004 8:00 pm
Location: southeast
Contact:

Post by MyEndlessTrials » Wed Oct 06, 2004 8:02 pm

My public speaking teacher warned my class against that site a month or so ago. She had a studen test it once. He entered the word "it." That was his entire poem. He got the email and all the jazz to go w/ it.
"I'll forever love you even in your doom, we'll always be together cuz we're both under the moon" (Under the Moon- ICP)

User avatar
Debbie
God's Poetess
Posts: 2266
Joined: Tue Jan 11, 2005 3:40 pm
Location: Ontario Canada

Scams

Post by Debbie » Sat Jan 22, 2005 7:40 pm

Thanks Berli

I was caught up in one before but caught on after one poem..

Oh well I lived got burned and learned.

Godspoetess D.
Image

Reach Out And Love Someone
Slow Down And Look around
You Will Find Someone Who Needs You.....

User avatar
Orphen
Clearwater Poet
Posts: 46
Joined: Sat Jan 01, 2005 2:45 pm
Location: Aurora, CO. / Atlantic Beach, FL.
Contact:

Post by Orphen » Sat Jan 29, 2005 2:15 am

Yeah, poetry.com, I knew when I won the "Editors Choice Award" it was bullshit. Stay away from them. Their only purpose is to make these poor souls buy their own pieces sold in some contrived book that is only sold to the poets themselves. They prey upon meek poets (and newbies, sorry) who only want to be heard. Any prose or poem, no matter how it seems to them, is only gold because it makes them money. They prey upon the givings and feelings of of naive souls. My point given, I rest in piece.

So be it. As it goes.
"I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it."
- Voltaire

"A subject for a great poet would be God's boredom after the seventh day of creation."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

To see my Book click HERE

User avatar
Rain
Clearwater Poet
Posts: 32
Joined: Wed Jul 21, 2004 5:15 am
Location: Kansas City, Kansas
Contact:

Post by Rain » Sat Jan 29, 2005 3:54 am

I put my poetry there only so my sister can see it. She doesn't want it all in her e-mail or something. So she goes there and looks at it. Not like I got the money to buy the stuff anyways, so whoop-de-do-da. :lol: Thanks for the info though.
"Thou shalt not take my name in vain, no matter how hard it rains, withstand the pain." - DMX

"You wanna fight me? Fight these tears!" - DMX

"What good is it..
for a man to, gain the world..
yet lose his own soul, in the process?" - DMX

~~
<A HREF="http://www.freewebs.com/whisperingpoet/"><IMG SRC="http://www.pix8.net/pro/pic.php?u=14202ZUlJc&i=479185" ALT="Whispering Poet"></A>

Avatar by: Melfina

User avatar
ninian
Poet of Elliptical Grace
Posts: 481
Joined: Tue Jul 05, 2005 8:19 am
Location: being both passionate and silly
Contact:

Post by ninian » Thu Aug 25, 2005 7:56 am

my favourite example of how much of a scam this is...from Wocky Jivvy

http://www.wockyjivvy.com/poetry/shame/mycat.html
Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly.

User avatar
Amathir
Sigilist of the Vile Briary
Posts: 52
Joined: Mon Nov 10, 2003 6:05 am

Post by Amathir » Sat Aug 27, 2005 11:28 pm

People have gotten recipes accepted as semi-finalists for that site!
Dictionary definitions, the alphabet, single words, poems that are so obviously plagiarised! (like really famous ones, like "daffodils" by Wordsworth). its all automated.

User avatar
mAImaS
Seafoam Poet
Posts: 204
Joined: Tue Oct 21, 2003 3:13 pm
Location: Wherever you find me

Post by mAImaS » Tue Jan 24, 2006 9:06 am

A poem I submitted to poetry.com.

"Flowers"

Flowers are so pretty,
Like canalope on the counter.
They grow from dirt so black,
Flowers, flowers, flowers.

Once I had a daisy,
As white as something that's pretty white-
And I sniffed it hard
Until I sneezed
A sneeze of love and light.

Flowers rule my world-
Oh, flowers how I love thee!
I also eat flowers
Because they are good in salad
My Youtube Channel - Go ahead, call me crazy.
http://www.youtube.com/user/Yapshire

User avatar
dragonheart

poetry.com

Post by dragonheart » Mon Feb 13, 2006 1:33 pm

Het, I got duped by them several times and even went to a convention back in 1996. It was ok because I met people from around the globe who write but I won't go again. :roll:

Post Reply

Return to “News, Resources & Announcements”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest