If you are a poet, or know someone who is, then this applies to you. First and foremost- Poetry.com is a literary scam. It is a small business that operates out of Maryland and pulls in over $12 million/year. That said.....
Everyone who submits a poem to their site or contest is automatically a 'semi-finalist'. It's all part of a pyramid scheme to get unsuspecting amateur poets to buy an anthology with their poems in it. The cost? $49.99, with multiple poems on each of the xeroxed pages. ABC's 20/20 even did a story on the scam! For all the details surrounding the shameful practices of Poetry.com, and on how you can take action, please check out the following sites:
Wind Publications' Guide to Literary Scams
Great site, has a list of all the major poetry scams out there. We at Poetism highly recommend reading the information on this site, before entering in any amateur contests.
Winning Writers: 13 Warning Signs Of A Bad Poetry Contest
Winning Writers warning signs for bad poetry contests. We recommend you follow these points before submitting to any contests!
Winning Writers: Wergle Flomp's Flubblebop
This is a poem actually submitted to Poetry.com, along with the response it received. Pretty pathetic huh?
There are hundreds of thousands of people that have been taken for a ride by Poetry.com. If you yourself are one, and would like to file a complaint, please send it to the Maryland Attorney General:
The Office of the Attorney General
200 St. Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
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