Scammers are claim refund hosing budding poetry writers to the tune of $10 million dollars per year by convincing them to spend money on books, courses, travel and more. There are may legitimate contests but hidden among them are sponsors who only care about making a quick buck. They care little about writing or authors.
They exist solely for profit through so-called writing or poetry contests. Many times you’ll find these “free” poetry contests advertised in your local newspaper. Before you consider entering any free on-line literary or writing contest, do yourself a favor. Inform yourself about these unscrupulous people and study how they operate so that you can avoid being one of their next victims.
Prospective victims are sent flattering letters, saying that they are great poets and that the panel of judges’ or ‘sectional committee’ strongly believes their submission is worth publishing. The scammers may even go so far as to state that you have been nominated for the ‘Poet of the Year’.
They will attempt to appear legitimate by quoting credible sources and previous “winners” of their international contests. How do you know if a contest is actually a poetry scam? A. A contest is a poetry scam if you must buy one or more copies of the book in which you will be published. Here are some indicators that you may be onto a poetry scam. Everybody Wins!
The scams have as many winners as they can get their hooks on. They make money by publishing books of poetry that are bought almost exclusively by the “lucky winners”. In other words, they publish YOU because they expect you to buy copies of the book. These books contain many hundreds of poems in them. This way they can charge as many people as possible. Besides the book, they may offer to publish your poetry on a plaque, an audio CD or even a web site… for a fee of course.
Big prizes are a warning sign that should make you suspicious. If you can win thousands of dollars or more, chances are that you’ll shell out more money than you’ll be getting. Reading and Entry Fees
Many contests make money by charging you to enter or charging to read your poems. DANGER WILL ROBINSON! These are contests you should be very cautious about entering. Contests that charge an entry fee are either funding the prizes with the fee or funding the prizes and pocketing the difference. Either way, it’s not a good deal for you. Legitimate poetry contests generally have small prizes and no fees. Honest contests usually bear no cost to the entrant since you would then be paying to compete with others.