Is Poetry.com for real?

I posted a poem or two on Poetry.com a while back. It was my poem called “Leaves”. Since I did this, I keep getting emails from Poetry.com that I’ve won awards. Here’s a couple of the email titles:

  • Abe, Your Poem “Leaves” Won The Editor’s Choice Award!

  • Abe, You’re Nominated For The Best Poems And Poets Of 2007!

When I read on through the message, it says things like this:

  • And, if you decide to order a copy, we are so certain that you will love the quality of the edition and the way your poetry is presented, we can proudly offer an unconditional, iron-clad guarantee. If for any reason you are dissatisfied, your money will be promptly refunded.
  • The plaque and membership are individually valued at $135.00, but today you can order them together for $75.00 (plus $14.00 shipping & handling), which is a $60.00 discount off the regular retail price. Please take the time to review the benefits of becoming a member of the International Society of Poets and join today. We’ll send your Editor’s Choice Award plaque and membership package immediately upon your acceptance of this offer.

The subject and the content of the message convey very different messages. The subject is designed to interest me as I have supposedly won some award, but the copy is that I have to buy something to get my award. I like the former, but not the latter. Since I have to buy my award, I don’t feel like it’s a real award. It feels like a copy writer is selling to me based on the assumption that I might believe that I’ve really won an award. Is it ethical? It might be, but it feels deceptive.

One thought on “Is Poetry.com for real?

  1. Binki Reply

    I read somewhere on yahoo answers that some girl posted one too and it turns out it was a scam. I don’t know where there is a place you could submit a poem online, but I have wanted to find out. I hope you do find out. If you do, please post it so I can see.

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