I would just like to pose a few questions referring to poetry.com:
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Do you feel/know if poetry.com holds legitimate contests?
Does everyone get the semifinalist letter in the mail?
Are their books ever sold to anyone other than the respective poets inside? (i.e. book stores)
Can you attest to the credibility -or lack of credibility- of this site or?
I received one of their "your-a-semifinalist" letters in the mail the other day, and through the the heaps and heaps of impersonal flattery, I felt an odd notion that it was all just a sham. I'm just questioning whether or not this should be viewed as a real achievement. Has this happened to you?
"You're so great, we're gonna publish you. Your now a 'Published' writer. By the way, wanna buy a copy of the book?" nudge nudge. -Sticky Car Salesmen Grin
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--By Daniel O'Brien