Sounds good--- Free poetry contest. Big prize money.
You may qualify to be published in an exclusive anthology.
What the ad doesn't tell you is that this is a "come-on" for an on-line money-making scheme, and that EVERYONE who enters the contest receives the same computer generated letter from Mark Schramm or Martha French informing the entrant that their poem has made the final round of the big competition for the $50,000 in prize money.
Attend the convention and you will receive the Prometheus 'Muse of Fire' trophy and be honored with your very own 'Poet of the Year' Medallion. Of course they neglect to mention that it'll cost you about $500 to register, plus your meals, transportation, and hotel. Which comes to well over $1000 so that you can be one of 1000 persons attending the convention who have received the same deceptive letter as you. So, if Famous Poets takes in $500,000 they can certainly afford to give out $50,000 in prizes. And this does not even take into consideration the fact that if you ever want to see your poetry which they've published you'll have to purchase the anthology for about $50 each. You can find out more information about this
and similar poetry contest schemes at the following website http://wind.wind.org/literary.scams.htm
Read these sorid facts about Famous Poets Society--- Submissions to at least three different free poetry contest web sites will result in entered poems being channeled to Famous Poets Society:
Be advised that Famous Poets Society has done business under at least 12 different names and 13 different addresses:
Hollywood's Famous Poets Society
F P S
Famous Poets Society
New Jersey Rainbow Poets
New York Poetry Alliance
Texas Poetry Alliance
Free Poetry Contest
International Library of Famous Poets
Quarterly Poetry Contest
Reno Fine Arts Institute
Florida Literary Guild
1626 North Wilcox Avenue Suite 126 Hollywood CA 90028
421 North Rodeo Drive Suite 15-544 Beverly Hills CA 90210
7095 Hollywood Blvd. Suite 730 Hollywood CA 90028
P.O. Box 949 Lawndale CA 90260
103 N. Wood Ave., Suite 70, Linden, NJ 07036
Box 1588, New York, NY 10116-1588
1712 E. Riverside Dr., Suite 147, Austin, Texas 78741
PMB250, 2219 W Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91506
11314 Ventura Blvd. Studio City CA 91604
1257 Siskiyou Blvd., PMB 4, Ashland, Ore. 97520
1762 Ashland Street, Ashland OR 97520
316 California Ave., Suite 626, Reno, Navada, 89509-1669
3232 SW 35th Boulevard, Suite 156, Box 147035, Gainesville, Fla., 32614-7035
(310) 289 - 4534
(800) 763 - 8762
(800) 763 - 8792
(323) 962 - 8873
(541) 488 - 0510
John Campbell, the genius behind Famous Poets Society,
along with several members of his family, ran an almost
identical poetry contest scheme back in the 1980s
called World of Poetry.
John Campbell has allegedly been known to use the names:
Dr. Richard Huntington
Martha French who answers their mail does not exist.
To see the Better Business Bureau report on the Famous Poets Society go to http://www.la.bbb.org/howtoreport.html , get the search form and enter "Famous Poets" in the form.