Back in September 2008, my daughter submitted poetry online to see if one of her poems she'd written would be considered for publication. About one month after her submission she received an actual letter, on White Oak Press' company letterhead, stating her poem was going to be published in an Anthology series entitled "Voices-A Collection Of Short Works" to be published by Whtie Oak Press. The letter also goes on to say how they've arranged special pricing on the cost of these books in case you want to purchase bulk copies for friends, family, etc. The cost of each book was to be $24.95. They also enclosed a proof page for my daughter to make any necessary corrections to her work prior to publication. LIKE A DUMMY I helped her correct her errors and sent in a check for four copies of this "Anthology"(which, they cashed within 4 days of me mailing it) and her proof. Here it is March 2009 and she has no book to show for her efforts, and I am out $100.
Someone, somewhere should stop these scam artists. They are taking advantage of young kids, getting them to submit poems online, raising their hopes of being published. Where the poetry is going I have no idea. I have searched white oak press website (they now have a disclaimer up saying they are merely a printing company) and poetry america's website. Her work is nowhere to be found. My daughter was so thrilled with herself that she had finally made something of all her hours of writing, only to have to be told, at the tender age of 12, she's been scammed by some dishonest person/company/corporation.
THESE PEOPLE ARE COMPLETE SCAM ARTISTS-DONT SEND THEM A DIME! DON'T SUBMIT YOUR WORK! IT'S ALL A BIG SCAM!
I still have the acceptance letter from White Oak press in front of me. The only thing that has changed from the letter's logo to the company logo on the internet is the graphic. It used to be a green leaf. Now, well, it's a green tree. Like that's gonna stop ppl from trying to get either the books they paid for or their money back.
This letter was also signed, in blue ink, by some lady named Sheryl Howell, Senior Editor for White Oak Press.
I'm guessing she doesn't exist, either.
I am attaching to this complaint a copy of the letter sent to my daughter, at our home, on October 13, 2008.