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. Others may charge you membership or service fees for which the benefits are questionable, or which can be obtained elsewhere for free. Winning prizes from these organizations will add little to your resume, and may even make you look amateurish to publishers and other poets
A list of unethical contests and publications.
American Library of Poetry has been famous for this for years. The Wergle Flomp contest originally started out with people trying to write a poem so absolutely awful that they wouldn't praise it... and failing.
This is an invaluable guide for any poet just beginning to send out his/her work. It should eliminate a lot of frustrating dead ends.
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