We suggest you avoid the following contests and organizations.
Many appear to be disguised vanity publishers, whose goal is to sell you expensive personalized products and attract you to conferences.
Similar to the online forums mentioned above, some of these self-publishing companies will sponsor "free" contests that are really lead-generation devices for aggressive marketing campaigns, or worse.
Copyright your manuscript before submitting, to reduce the risk of piracy.
Winning prizes from these organizations will add little to your resume, and may even make you look amateurish to publishers and other poets.
10KCASH Contest America Library of Poetry The Amherst Society Appelley Publishing The Brightest Arena (Words Aglow) Cader Publishing Circle of Poets Eber & Wein Famous Poets Society (aka Christian Poets Guild) Forward Poetry Freeditorial Literary Contest Greenspring Publishing Iliad Press (an imprint of Cader Publishing) Iliad Literary Awards Program International Library of Photography (aka Picture.com) International Library of Poetry International Poetry Digest International Poetry Hall of Fame International Society of Poets JMW Publishing Company League of American Poets (poetryamerica.com) The National Amateur Poetry Competition (Eber & Wein) The National Archives National Library of Poetry Noble House (an affiliate of Watermark Press) Paramount Group (aka International Library of Photography) Poetry Institute of Africa Poetry Institute of Canada Poetry Laureates Poetry Nation Poetry Press Poetry Press Publishing (songwritingopportunities.com) Poetry Revival Contest Poetry Unlimited The Poets' Guild Poets The Poets' Workshop ( World Poetry Movement) Publish My Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum Stamford Research TA. Edizioni United Press Watermark Press White Oak Press (aka Poetry America) World Poetry Movement Z Publishing The most common pitch is to make poets buy their anthologies as a condition of publication.
We're concerned that excessive praise for average work may confuse writers about the meaning of excellence and weaken their drive to improve.
Watch out for online critique forums and social networking sites that offer what appear to be free contests, but make unreasonable claims to your intellectual property rights in the fine print.
Vanity contests are characterized by low standards, and are willing to publish most of the submissions they receive (typically half or more).
They primarily market their publications to the contestants themselves, often at high prices.