Competitions
#1
I'm thinking of entering some poetry competitions. Does anyone have any experience of entering and maybe winning. What competitions do you know about? Does anyone have any tips?

I found this article to stimulate thoughts/discussion https://9mousai.com/how-to-win-a-poetry-competition/

Look forward to your views
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#2
I have experience losing. And not being able to afford the entry fees. I always told myself, though, that if the contest is free there'd be a lot more entries or entrees and so my chances of winning would be a lot less.
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#3
(01-15-2020, 05:34 AM)rowens Wrote:  I have experience losing. And not being able to afford the entry fees. I always told myself, though, that if the contest is free there'd be a lot more entries or entrees and so my chances of winning would be a lot less.

Yes that's true but it seems wrong to charge to be in a competition I think
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#4
(01-15-2020, 08:04 PM)PoetSteve134 Wrote:  Yes that's true but it seems wrong to charge to be in a competition I think

From international olympic competition to small town 5k runs charging participants is common practice.  Entry and submission fees are necessary. If the focus is to serve their needs then they should not charge, (i.e. "The New Colossus") but if they are serving you then it is wrong to think those services should be rendered for free.
Joshua J. Smith
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#5
They only service you if you win.
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#6
for me a pay per poem or entry competition is usually sign of a scam. there are plenty of places you can send your poetry off to free of charge. they publish or the bin it. some will make a small payment for a published poem some do not but most don't charge for the entries.
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#7
What's wrong with a fee to submit a poem? I do that and it is worth it, also because some need them for improving website costs. (at least that is what I have noticed)
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#8
Nothing is wrong with it, the thing is why pay? Just submit to publishers that don,t require payment.
Why fill someone else's pocket. And like I sai, there,s a lot of scam sites out there who don,t care about your work. We run this site for the joy of poetry. We make no cash from advertising, we make no requests for cash. All we require is that you like everyone who posts a poem gives feedback.
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#9
(06-02-2020, 05:56 PM)billy Wrote:  Nothing is wrong with it, the thing is why pay? Just submit to publishers that don,t require payment.
Why fill someone else's pocket. And like I sai, there,s a lot of scam sites out there who don,t care about your work. We run this site for the joy of poetry. We make no cash from advertising, we make no requests for cash. All we require is that you like everyone who posts a poem gives feedback.
Except you don't see a lot of people here, it is practically dead.
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#10
All I,m saying is be careful
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#11
(06-03-2020, 09:43 AM)JaggedEdge Wrote:  
(06-02-2020, 05:56 PM)billy Wrote:  Nothing is wrong with it, the thing is why pay? Just submit to publishers that don,t require payment.
Why fill someone else's pocket. And like I sai, there,s a lot of scam sites out there who don,t care about your work. We run this site for the joy of poetry. We make no cash from advertising, we make no requests for cash. All we require is that you like everyone who posts a poem gives feedback.
Except you don't see a lot of people here, it is practically dead.

this site saved me a few years ago. 
even though i didn´t contribute much i would never have thought to write a comment like yours, jagged edge. go acquire some decency. 
this site will never be dead and the reason is because it is not linked to money but to fun and the stuff people want to say without expectation for payment but with expectation for decent feedback or a genuine opinion.
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#12
(06-04-2020, 01:02 AM)vagabond Wrote:  
(06-03-2020, 09:43 AM)JaggedEdge Wrote:  
(06-02-2020, 05:56 PM)billy Wrote:  Nothing is wrong with it, the thing is why pay? Just submit to publishers that don,t require payment.
Why fill someone else's pocket. And like I sai, there,s a lot of scam sites out there who don,t care about your work. We run this site for the joy of poetry. We make no cash from advertising, we make no requests for cash. All we require is that you like everyone who posts a poem gives feedback.
Except you don't see a lot of people here, it is practically dead.

this site saved me a few years ago. 
even though i didn´t contribute much i would never have thought to write a comment like yours, jagged edge. go acquire some decency. 
this site will never be dead and the reason is because it is not linked to money but to fun and the stuff people want to say without expectation for payment but with expectation for decent feedback or a genuine opinion.
What do you mean? I don't need to acquire some decency because I already have some, I am just trying to make a valid point. There isn't a lot of people here, end of story.
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#13
Jagged: We've had a few key members literally die. That sort of takes the wind out of your sails and makes you explain things in cliches.

The site is still recovering. We may return, we may not.

And yes there aren't many people left. Thankfully, many that matter are still here.
The secret of poetry is cruelty.--Jon Anderson
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#14
(06-04-2020, 06:27 AM)Todd Wrote:  Jagged: We've had a few key members literally die. That sort of takes the wind out of your sails and makes you explain things in cliches.

The site is still recovering. We may return, we may not.

And yes there aren't many people left. Thankfully, many that matter are still here.
Really? That is sad to know, who were their names?
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#15
Leanne--gifted poet, and admin--about a year ago
Tom --gifted poet, curmudgeon, and moderator--six or so months ago

We still feel their loss.
The secret of poetry is cruelty.--Jon Anderson
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#16
(06-04-2020, 07:02 AM)Todd Wrote:  Leanne--gifted poet, and admin--about a year ago
Tom --gifted poet, curmudgeon, and moderator--six or so months ago

We still feel their loss.
Oh that is sad, RIP then.
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