I recently entered a poetry contest for the International Library of Poetry (www.poetry.com). I was informed that I was a finalist. I was later told that I won an Outstanding Acheivement in Poetry award. They mailed me a small certificate. Then I started getting emails that told me I won an Outstanding acheivement in poetry silver award bowl worth $200, a bronze commerative medallion worth $40, and a year membership to the Interntational Society of Poets. But they told me that the only way I could receive my awards is to go to a convention in Philadelphia to present my poem. I have very little money. I come from a poor family and my grandmother was dying at the time anyway. I just couldn't afford it. I emailed them explaining the situation, but never got a reply. Much later I got another email telling me pretty much the same thing, but this time to claim my awards I had to go to a convention in Orlando, Florida. Once again, I just couldn't afford it. So, now I have gotten another email telling me that this is my final chance to receive my awards and they would ship them to me. The only way, however, is for me to allow them to read my poem at the convention and pay them $169 plus postage and handling. When I first entered this contest, there was no mention of ever having to go anywhere for anything and the whole thing was suppose to be free. I wouldn't ever have to pay anything. Well, now I am seeing that the only way that you can actually win something in this contest is if you are a person with money. Do not enter one of their contests. Please tell everyone you know about it. Spread this around. I don't want anyone else to get their hopes up of winning something, like I did, to only be let down.
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3/20/05 at 9:28pm