Some time ago I submitted my poems to poetry.com for a contest. I was told my work entitled "Liquid Love" won a place in their published book of poetry. I paid $61 for a printed copy but never got it. My name has changed due to marital status - formerly Marguerite Bruce Muhammad, now Marguerite Bruce. I stopped visiting their site when they kept asking me for money. Then one day the site disappeared all together.
I used poetry.com and published a poem on there website and received letters asking to publish the poem and money was offered to me. I did not agree and I also did not receive any money and now I cannot find my poem and the website is not functional. This is very hurtful as the poem I created was from the heart and genuine and it was mine and I did not give permission for anyone to have or use it or to take it away from me
After all of these years I'm Just now learning of the Poetry.com scam. If there was to be a class action lawsuit filed against Howard Ely, I wanted noted that I too am a victim of his deceit . I ordered a case of books along with the CD's. If I've lost the rights to my poem "which is clearly, verifiably my works" I am not happy. Unlike most of the other authors, my poem was credited to my daughter who's name is mentioned under the title. There's not a chance that anyone could take the credit for it other than me.
They sent me a letter and said that after discussing, that the Selection Committee has certified that my poem would be published and soon on my way to have more of them published . After having sent them three poems I have ye to hear back from them . And the email address and phone number is no longer good, and have been told they are no longer in business under this name.
I joined a site called poetry.com last year. This site claims to be an international library poetry site. I frequently submitted my poems and last year approx november had notification that my poem was a semi finalist. This meant regardless of any purchase I woud be in a book…. How ever I could buy a book in advance of pulication for a lot of money if I wanted to. I could not afford to but sent details of my confirmation as requested to go in to the book….
Then I won another comp in november and should have been given a 100.00 dollar gift card, to this day it has not arrived…
This site is disgusting and very hard to contact…I have had one reply claiming they are moving and the gift will come after the move…they have not changed their add at all (that is if it even exists)
The last few weeks I have had the same email over and over again telling me that my poem is a semi finalists which I was told last year. The email says yet again I will be in their book but do not have to purchase it to be in it. This site is after ourmoney and probably our work. This should not be allowed to continue, I am not writing to make a living for some one else and taking our cash is terrible just think how much they have nade already out of innocent people like us.
I sent a poem to Poetry.com in an contest listed on the internet under publishing. I was then by mail and email, told it had won Editor's Award, Publisher's choice Award.That I was accepted and registered as a writer "Internationaly". Form's were sent to me to make any changes and also sign the release form for it to be published by Noble House etc. I was told cost etc. I did not return anything, knowing it was a scam. I later got the same info and forms to release it to be put on CD'S . I returned nothing. Nor did I release my poem or give permission. Later by accident I found it on the internet under poetry.com, with my name and copyright2008. Also products that they sell with my poem on them for certain amounts. I printed it off from the internet as they had listed. What can I do?Are there other's? This book is also being sold outside this country as well as USA.
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. :(
Well once i received my 'Collected Whispers' that was supposed to be Immortal Verses. I looked it up online and saw that many other people had received this book to...