Poetry.com returns? Stay away. (With illustration.)

/ Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 / 4 Comments »

I have been through many a cringe-inducing conversation in my life wherein someone identifies themselves to me as a fellow published poet, and then reveals that they were published by the National Library of Poetry, one of the most infamous scams in recent publishing history. It appears a company is using the old NLoP website, Poetry.com, to attempt to stage a comeback. Writer Beware has more details.

I feel the need to once again exhibit one of my prize possessions. I once sent in an obvious joke poem to this company just to prove that everyone became a “semi-finalist,” regardless of what they submitted, and were then asked to pay a steep price for the privilege of seeing their work in print. Here, once again, is the scan of the envelope I received after I submitted, with the poem all prettily typeset in the display window:


At one time, this poem was actually available on Poetry.com (even though I never responded to their offer) before someone apparently noticed my postings about it and removed it.


  1. Josh Holmes says:

    I would like to know more about how to publish poetry or get poetry published for real… not through scams. Is there such a thing that a normal individual can pursue such as this? Thanks

  2. Josh Holmes says:

    Sorry… i wrote my email address incorrectly… above i submitted it the right way.

  3. This is great. Much Kudos!

  4. Genevie Scalzi says:

    Poetry is my second love, i always write poetry about how i feel. ‘

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