I love poetry and I am so very thankful for the chance to compete alongside poets with equal passion. Instead, winners are promised such nebulous benefits as "potential increased sales and income" and a "professional press release sent to thousands of TV, radio, and print media outlets".
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John observed that even if it's a genuine contest, "it has a I was also concerned that the sponsor never responded to my email asking for more details about the rules. An anthology is published after each contest. We will continue to provide this wonderful opportunity for all writers and will stand by our accreditation as an honourable company.
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