Poetry.com & Howard ElyFraud!

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Keep getting letters from Mr. Ely saying my poem, poems will be published in some compilation, but I have never given my permission for them to be published anywhere but on the web site poetry.com.

Someone please put this company/scam artist out of business!

Sincerely, Linda Bentley

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    tony c anderson Feb 12, 2021
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    i too a self publisher author Tony C. Anderson had a few poems on that site now vanished.I don't know if they were ever published. but thankfully never fell for buying the books.

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    Melissa Huffine Woods Dec 28, 2020
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    I had dozens of my poems on their website and now I can't even find any of them! What happened and how can i find them all again?

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    Ineedmypoemsback Dec 06, 2020

    I too am a victim of this nonsense. I was a freshman and sophomore in high school when I entered my most cherished poems on poetry.com. This was back in roughly [protected]. I'm so heartbroken and angry that I cannot find my poems. I was always getting mail and emails stating that I had won contests over and over. It was such a crucial time in my life and writing helped me get through so much at a young age. If someone knows anything about this and know what we should do about it, pleeeeeeaaseeee let us know!

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    Sammie Wright Oct 19, 2020
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    I posted about 15 poems on this site using different aliases. Poetry.com shutdown and noone can retrieve anything from the archives since. Supposedly it will be back up and running anew soon but all old archives will still be lost. I have found that at least one of my poems were published anyway without my consent, and as to cover their tracks since I wasn’t buying the book they put author unknown. I didn’t find that out until 11 years later because I saw where someone took a picture of the page with my poem called “Miss me but let me go” and posted it to facebook. I wrote it in memory of my uncle just after he passed away back in 2004. They will still publish your writing, but they won’t give you the credit for it. If anyone has bought one of their books and finds my poem in it please let me know. Hopefully poetry.com was sued for every penny they scammed and more. It's not right that they publish peoples poems without consent to do so. I told them no to publishing any of mine and so has 3 of my friends, we all 4 have had our poems published without consent

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    Katie Duncan Sep 17, 2020
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    This has been going on for so long now, I first entered the contest in 1999, I saw it the my post newspaper smh I can’t even find my poems.

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    Tina Ely Sep 05, 2020
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    I fell for it when I received what was a certificate stating I won. Now I'm sure everyone got the same thing. It was ironic because my married last name is Ely. No kin to Howard of course. I'm in to sue the sob. I take my poetry very seriously as it comes from deep down inside my soul. Please email me if you need to. [email protected]

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    Melissa Huffine Woods Dec 28, 2020
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    @Tina Ely I can't even find any of the poems I submitted to the website. I had dozens of my poems and now I can't even find one.

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    Tiffany Williams Boyd Aug 01, 2020
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    I would also like to fail a lawsuit on Howard...I was a sophomore in high school and this sick a$$ needs to be punished for all of this

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    NikiSue Jul 16, 2020
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    I have letters from the years 1999, 2000, another in 2000 and 2006. that my poems were chosen and would be published. I remember all those years ago wondering if my mail/ letters / anything was lost in the mail. I would like to see my work somewhere in print and get my $ as everyone else. i’ve held on to these and came across them just today and sadly it was all a scam I beginning to see. I will still hold on to these papers for proof if anything becomes of it. sadly and doubtful but one can always hope.

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    ceddie001 May 01, 2020
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    I too, was a victim of this site. I lost my poem, plus the book I had to buy it was published in, to a house fire. I have been searching for it online but now have learned poetry.com & the poems published have gone missing without so much as a trace. If there is a class action suit to be filed U’d like to be included.

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    NikiSue Jul 16, 2020
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    @ceddie001 I also would want to be included in a class action law suit if one would happen.

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    JPea Oct 08, 2019
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    Wow, I am also a victim of this. I not only bought 2 books with different titles; I also bought the CD that included the poems. So, is there any way we are going to get our credit that is due to us for the submission of our poems?

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    NatHerrera Jul 30, 2019

    Does anyone know where I can buy the book or the name of the book published in 2008? I am so upset at this situation. This is the first I am hearing about this because I am trying to get back into writing again.

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    Tracie McVicker Jun 15, 2019
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    I too am a victim from 20+ years ago. My poem was published and then they wanted me to buy the book! It is not right what poetry.com is doing. I was young at the time and didn't know any better. I only remembered all of this when my daughter came to me about wanting to put her stories on the app called Wattpad. Please be careful future writers and help those who don't know any better. I sure wish I had someone guiding me back in the day.

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    Gina Scardina Mar 01, 2019
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    I recently talked to a friend and she encourages me to write more poetry. I had forgotten that I had submitted a poem that long ago and was promised to be published until I found the letter in a drawer that I was cleaning out. Very disappointed that I was scammed according to these posts. Will be on the watch list to see how this all goes down... Cheers

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    angelis_obscura Feb 02, 2019

    I too sent money to Howard "Sleeze-Lie" from approx [protected] for the Vanity anthologies. Being Canadian, the easiest way to do this was by purchasing an American money order at the post office. The first 3 poems I "published" showed up, but the 4th never did.

    At least the exchange rate was in my favour.

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    Melissa_143 Nov 29, 2018

    So what are we going to do?? I want my poems back, at the very least!! Is there a lawsuit to be brought? If anybody has any ideas, please email me-- [email protected]

    ~Melissa

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    Hayley1989 Sep 19, 2018
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    Well I guess I was scammed also, I have a copy of touch of tomorrow with my poem in the first page... Just curious, in everyone else's copies, what is the second poem and who by? I was scammed way back in 2004/5 or rather my mum was as I was only 14 at the time. I am gutted to find out this is a scam, I never looked into it afterwards and being in the UK there was no way I could ever get to the "awards ceremony" I am just interested to see if the rest of the books are the same or if they put that person's on the first page of their book and then everyone's throughout... I know that seems a waste of time and effort but it is a theory 🤔 my poem was called 'Beware' and is a sonnet

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    Momma Ta Jan 12, 2018
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    I am sooooo late and I always wondered about this my happened in 2003 and my pien was published and I received a EDITOR'S CHOICE AWARD and Invite to a convention in Hollywood stating I too was in the top 10 semi finalists. What did you all do?

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    Kristyanne Nov 06, 2017

    I can't believe I'm seeing this. I submitted several poems through poetry.com from 2004 on using my legal name as well as a pen name and I also received an email that my poem would be published. The email described a contest that my poems placed in and that I was eligible to purchase the book they would be published in. I never sent money as I couldn't afford the 50$ (give or take) dollars for it. I have been searching for years to find these poems as I no longer have the computer with the original drafts in the hardware and I am just sick to see that this was a scam. If anyone is going after them in a lawsuit, please contact me as I still have the emails from the company. [email protected] I would be more than happy to share my experience to help put these people out of business for the harm they have done as well as the false security they made me feel about sharing my personal thoughts. Thank you. Kristy~

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    Momma Ta Jan 12, 2018
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    @Kristyanne Me as well please anyway! Let's stay in touch

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    rsilva Apr 17, 2016

    I won editors choice award in August 2002. I was 16 yrs old at the time. I recieved the award for my poem "I believe'' and Ive been trying to look for it and it seems I can't no longer find it. Was this a scam to make you believe something that wasn't?

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    Virginia Mau Feb 11, 2016
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    Hi there, I too was taken...back in 2000! I recently moved and found the old papers informing me (my then 13 year old son) that his poem would be entered into the hardbound book. Sent Around $71.00...never received anything...was looking online for poem TODAY, 2016, cant find it. Was astonished to see all the comments this many years after...how sad!

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    Kelli Dalzell Feb 07, 2016
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    I am a victim too...entered a contest and was told my poem was getting published in a book, but I had to pay for a copy of the book...

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    Angry poet Aug 30, 2015
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    Sorry about your dilemma, I paid $231.00 in October 2003 for 10 copies of the 'book' and got nothing. Just found my poem in the 'historical' section of the 'new' poetry.com.

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    Angry poet Aug 30, 2015
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    In September 2003 I supposedly was presented with the Editor's Choice Award for outstanding Achievement in Poetry presented by poetry.com and the International Library of Poetry. I received flyers inviting me to purchase "An heirloom-quality publication using the finest materials and craftsmanship; 5.5" x 8.5' hardbound, approximately 225 pages." . Of course, I naively believed in this and immediately charged $231.00 for 10 hardbound "publications" ...HA! I received nothing. I kept thinking, they will arrive any day...of course they did not. When I started searching for a phone number, I found nothing. I sent a letter to the address "1 Poetry Plaza, Owings Mills, MD 21117" and never received an answer.

    I was discredited by my friends and family, and was humiliated by the fact not only did they NOT believe the poem had been published, but even more by the fact I had actually PAID the $231.00. IF there is anything to be done, or can be done, I would like to be informed WHERE to sign up!

    I just went online this evening, August 29, 2015 and found poetry.com...and my poem is listed on "Poems before 2012" much to my surprise.

    Would love to hear about the monies.

    Sincerely,

    Lita R Reyes

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    Momma Ta Jan 12, 2018
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    @Angry poet Same everything omg! I can't believe this

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    Charles Brockington Apr 24, 2014

    I am a victim as well. Howard Ely promise to publish my poem(s) in an Anthology, but never got a copy of it nor any winnings. Howard Ely wanted me to buy my own poetry...
    can you believe that? A-hole.

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    antalas Mar 17, 2013

    hi, i am a victim too, i sent 32 $ dollars and i never got anything, i hope FBI can do soemthing about it, lest all meet victims of Howard ely and get our rights, lets meet through the name HowardElyvictims in one word on facebook, thank you

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    bryanakron40 Mar 10, 2012

    I think you will find that Howard Ely is an alias. My wife too was scammed by them. However, we chose to look at it as she wrote something good. Yes, you paying to have stuff published is a scam. But do not let them take your dreams away. If you stop just because of this, they have won.

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    latinapoet71 Mar 10, 2012
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    hi my name is lorie and i guess i too like everyone has had their dreams crushed. i for the longest time wanted to be a known poet for myself my family and friends. always wanted to leave something for my miracle kids they told me i would never have. but i did! and now i find this out what am i to do with what i already wrote and sent tho poetry.com and the books i paid for but made no money!!!?????? how can someone do this to our dreams??????? karma is a b**ch.

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    Raelynn617 Jan 02, 2012
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    Wow I've been trying to login to my poetry.com account and all that comes up is this stuff about lawsuits because they took our poems!!! I've used that site since I can remember to publish my poems. Is there anyway to get them back at all? What do I do? Smh...

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    babygurl851 Dec 01, 2011

    I also am a victim in this scam...i never realized it was a scam till i remembered putting my poem on that sight, i wanted to show my fiance it and when i got to the site i had to re sign up, i did not remember my way old email and stuff so i did so i could see if it was still there, i tried looking under the title of my poem called a lovers correl. it was no where to be found i was pissed. it was my most heart felt poem i ever did. i got a editors choice award presented to me on paper from Howard Ely in June of 2005. for outstanding achievement in poetry presented by poetry.com and the international library of poetry. this guy totally needs to be stopped and punished for the souls he has taken in poetry. i am so glad i NEVER bought A PLAQUE OR A BOOK. but still it hurts me to now just find out he is a scamer. i have been fooled.

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    Conned Canadian Nov 28, 2011

    I too was a victim of this scam & -hole !!! What a total betrayal...when poetry is so personal & close to the heart of the person who is sharing a part of their own soul !!! Shame on you ...Howard...you "SHMUK" !!! KARMA will play a factor in your life...it always does :) Pissed In Canada ...

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    nycboi9345 Oct 18, 2011

    This guy is a ###. Nobody should have been a victim of such a terrible scam. And I'm sad to say I have been, too. I found out Late April, early May of 2010 that this was all a scam. Not only did he steal money from me, but he stole my thoughts. That is the most intimate of crimes a person can commit against another person. I will never be able to forgive Howard Ely for what he has done to me and to everybody who he turned into a victim.

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    carl allen askey Aug 24, 2011

    well i guess thats where all my poems went and why i cant find that website anymore [censored] im in lets take this ### down

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    lost poet Jul 13, 2011

    Me too, I ve been ###d, sorry, by this guy, Howrd Ely, he robbed two of my peoms and my money. Come on ###, can FBI do something catch these terrorists, come on we are terrorizedddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd, ###!!!

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    catherine j. taylor Jun 30, 2011

    my name is catherine j. taylor i want to know what going on with my poem LOVEeeee call me [protected] between myself catherine j. tayloe and howars ely

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    lost poet May 25, 2011

    Hi:
    I am a victim too, I sent two of my best poems in 2001. Anyways I thought I am the only person who was stolen $32.00 US. I will not give up, I will be refunded whatever the cost may cost me. Believe if I meet this person Mr. Howard Ely, you know what will happen to him. Unfortunately many people don't feel safe. Such terrorists are protected by somebody. I am profoudly just terrorized by this, and I couldn't talk util I discovered this forum. Where's FBI and where 's CIA to protect citizens against these frauds. Mr Howrd Ely should go to jail instead of enjoying his life in luxurious hotels.
    The Lost Poet

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    Amanda_Renee Mar 08, 2011

    hello

    i just read about this and believe it or not i was a vitim as well i lost count on how many of MY poems i put up there and now they are all gone! i would love to have all MY poems returned to me they are things i have writen and that i my self have wrote them!! it is a major disapointment my mother even bought a book of his "the touch of tomorrow" he made my poem apear on the very first page in the book!!! im sorry it happened to so many people!!! i would just love to have all my poems back from that "company" - Amanda, from Maryland

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    gitana Sep 05, 2010
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    Its a big disappointment knowing Howard Ely made profit on our poems. I've been sending my poems to Mr. Ely since 1980's. Like other poets I also received a newsletter with an invitation to appear at the Las Vegas Poetry Convention to receive my award. Fortunately, I was never able to appear because of my financial status. I still hold letters from their company. I also had dreams of one day having my poems published. I would like to have all my poems ever published to this company returned back to me. - GITANA, from Florida

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    Amanda Marie Crane Aug 04, 2010

    poetry.com went out of business a year ago they were bankrupt they were also a bunch of other so called poetry contests and entries together under different names.. now they are back in 2010...

    I am Amanda Marie Crane a high school grad i wanted to make somehting of my poetry so May or june of 2010 i entered my poem "seasons" into famous poets society a scam done by a scam artist poetry.com by Ely and aurora i recieved a letter saying i was going to be published but in order to be published i had to pay money and i wanted a book so i ended up paying at least 30-40 dollars with my poem i thought people would enjoy it and say "who wrote this? shes not famous but shes good" then in june on the 2nd i recieved an award saying i was in honarable mention (though i didnt win the money good thing hugh) i then thought why not enter my poem again so i did and they sent me the same letter i decieded not to publish it because i didnt want to... instead i had called famous poets society asing about my book and they said it would be sent to me soon so i waited and waited well now its August
    well im fed up waiting so i started to do some digging around i found so much about famous poets society scam and poetry.com scam it was on 20/20 i had no idea, well now i am so angry i called a man he said to me this
    " Amanda you should know something... he told me about how they went bankrupt and so on a year ago, and when they say they are going to publsih you companies like this who make you pay to be published, but not all companies have a system they wait and wait until they recieve enought money to make the books they need and then they put your poem on page one and then other poems behind it making a book well not all books are the same no one is going to read your poem only you... and the book doesnt get sold you can buy it off of them but no one is going to read your poem they bought it from you and published it with your name but they arent going to put it in other books..."
    i am sincerly pissed and i plan to do something about it
    - Amanda Marie Crane

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    JunkInDaTrunk Jul 25, 2010

    I submitted a poem on a whim, and now they won't quit sending me junk mail!

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    professionalartist Jul 24, 2010
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    I also fell for this scam... I was a poor college student going through financial issues back in 2005.. and was looking for scholarships and saw their site banner for 10, 000 dollar cash reward. "poetry.com" I had always had a passion for writing and at the time I was also in a very emotional venerable state. I thought what the heck... it couldn't hurt any thing. so I entered on a whim. hoping for just a portion to help with my college education. but I had been miss led... I got the award info in the mail... I was so excited that I did keep every thing. every piece of paper. my mom was so proud she bought a of copy of the book for me.. (she also had to claim bankruptcy that same year.) but $50 didnt seem that steep when I saw that my poem made it on the front page.. (but I guess that too was part of the scam). they later asked that I buy seats to a reading event that would place me in the real finals for the competition. $500 dollars a seat and no hotels or air fare paid in las vegas. when I explained that I didnt have that kind of money. they told me I could pay only 100 dollars and someone else could read the poem for me so that I could still have a chance to win... my mom couldnt help with paying and I cried at missing the chance for winning the 10, 000 dollars or even having the expensive trophies on my wall. (but now I am glad she didnt) they even contacted me a few months later about doing an audio recording of the poem to be publish... again for a nice fee

    It had been like a godsend, it lifted me up and made me feel worth it for a time in my life when I needed it. but now I look back at it as a huge lie... tarnishing the memories that I once felt. not only that I am sad to say that I even now I have the book title in my professional resume. (guessss I should delete that.) : (it hurts me more that this has been going on for so long... it is 2010 and still they have been duping poor people out of their money. not only that but crushing the hopes and dreams of soooooooooooo many young artists and older ones as well. : (

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