Saturday, 26 January 2008

comment on my writing

I recently submitted a poem to a poetry site hoping that I would get some constructive feedback or (fingers crossed) win a prize.
Some time later I received an e mail rejecting the poem and I quote

'try to choose a recognised style'
'read some of our poets and look at how they use verse'

I was a little hurt but I know that poetry is a very individual thing.

I then submitted a second poem and today I received an e mail announcing that I had won an award! I felt so excited.

Opened the e mail and found that my 'win' entitles me to purchase an award pin, a plaque and a watch in recognition of my achievement.

*sob*

9 comments:

smarmoofus said...

Oh how interesting... they are selective, and rejected your first submission, but then told you you could purchase your award for the second poem? I don't understand... are the legitimate or not?

At any rate, congratulations for their acceptance on the second poem! It seems that it is an achievement.

*moseys down to read your 55, which is what she really came for*

Chica said...

That's how they get ya! I was "scammed" once, into purchasing a book full of poems, that had one of my poems also published in it, the damn book was $50, but I was to excited to think about the price, the book really wasn't worth it, considering it looked like it cost 5 bucks to make. You don't need to be claimed a winner or loser in your poetry, you decide what you are, and go from there. :)

cathy said...

poetry is about espressing yourself, as is all art. Your opinion doesn't need to have a recognised form to be valid. If readers understand were you are coming from you have succeeded.

They sound like scammers to me.
I just post my poetry on my blog and my readers are the only critics I need.

KB said...

Well I think your writing is wonderful.Would you like me to slap them?

Toadee said...

thank you my friends, I too get most satisfaction from writing for my friends.

Slap away KB, if they had known you were a friend of mine they would have been veeeeeeeery afraid lol

KB said...

Indeed they would my friend.

J Morgetron said...

Toadee --

I hate those scams. They try to market to my students each year and every year at least one of them enters, and sure enough they want them to purchase the $50 anthology. Scam artists! Jackballs!

Maybe my next contest should be a poetry contest.

-J

Toadee said...

last year I won $100 on the same site. It came in the form of a voucher to be used at their on line store. I still have it and I might buy a t shirt with my poem printed on it hehe

Magdalen Islands said...

I entered Poetry.com with a verse out of a song I wrote and it was accepted. Then came the hustle, for so much they would put my bio with my poem and for another so much I could buy a copy of the coffee table book. Somewhere out there, I imagine there is a book, sitting beautifully on someone's coffee table, with a little poem written by "unknown".