Poetry.com (a.k.a. the International Library of Poetry, the National Library of Poetry, and many others), is a vanity anthology scheme that draws in poets through free contests, and then solicits them to purchase the anthology in which they will be published, plus a variety of other merchandise and services. The contests, in which all entrants are declared "semi-finalists", are bogus; and while the company portrays itself as a viable and even prestigious poetry market, the complete lack of editorial gatekeeping and the resulting poor quality of most of the poems means that publication in one of its anthologies is not a professional credit.
A number of organizations, including the Office of the Maryland Attorney General, are seeking writers who have complaints about Poetry.com. You can find links to all of them at StopILP.com, a website organized by poet Robert James Funches.
Last Edit: Jul 3, 2005 23:27:21 GMT -6 by Joxcenia
I was shocked when I came across this info. There's a list of legitimate contests in The Writer's Market, and their smaller genre specific books, and in The Writer's Handbook. You'll find links in this thread. (You must be a member and logged in to see the page.)
Elderly people are a particular target, as are teens--there are vanity anthologizers that specialize in soliciting teachers, who don't realize the anthologies aren't a legitimate venue and are very willing to recruit student participants.