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Complaint Review: International Society Of Poets

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  • Submitted: Sat, August 21, 2004
  • Updated: Fri, May 02, 2014

  • Reported By:Fayetteville Georgia
International Society Of Poets
3600 Crondall Lane, Suite 100 Owings Mills, Maryland U.S.A.

International Society Of Poets ripoff Poetry Convention and Symposium Very Suspect and Anti-Climactic Owings Mills Maryland

*General Comment: Winner of 2004 Symposium Philadelpia (Poetry Competition)

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I am an adjunct faculty instructor of English Composition and attended the 2004 Fall Symposium and Convention of the International Society of Poets in Philadelphia, PA in August.

I believe it was truly a rip-off and would like to know how I can ensure they do not use my poetry without my permission since all conestants (hoax!) had to submit a form with a copy of their poems. I went to college with two of the contestant judges and was shocked to see so many poets dooped into believing they were even well thought of at this convention. I know my poem is a stellar one! Many people came up to me after the contest winners were announced. They had heard about my poem and asked me to read it because they thoght it should have one. Surprisingly, the $20,000.00 winner was taken ill and had to go to the emergency room the night before and we never saw her; she was from Spain. Another poet read her poem; she was from Duluth, GA.

This process ought to be thoroughly investigated with reference to how the contest is conducted. Supposedly, we submit and read the poems at the first level and then the room judge decides which poem(s) will get to the final/next level to the final judges. I knew two of the judges and never stood a ghost of a chance to win! Plus, open mic was a joke...noone from the ISP monitored any of its sessions. The money we spent was shameful!

Fayetteville, Georgia

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#1 General Comment

Winner of 2004 Symposium Philadelpia (Poetry Competition)

AUTHOR: katpoet - ()

I have only now come across this report, otherwise I would have answered ten years ago. I am the winner of the $20,000 prize of the year 2004 in Philadelphia competition. I was indeed admitted to the Emergency room and had to remain there from Saturday to Monday and only discharged when I insisted that my light back to the UK was booked and paid for. I was taken ill after collapsing during the night, after the Gala Dinner when the Shiirelles performed. It turned out that it was probably an allergic reaction, though the doctors discovered certain problems that needed furhter investigation. I am happy to report that I a now perfectly well. Also, I was awarded $20,000 for my poem 'Dark Land of Light'. I firmly believet thatmy poem had great merit and was sorry not to have been able to read it myself. A woman I met there, Debbie, read it out in my place. I did live in Spain at the time and recently re-located to the UK. Though I unerstand that the methods of this company may be appear to be dubious and would-be poets are encouraged when maybe theyshould not be, this doesn't mean that 'serious' poets can't enter and win - if they are goof enough.

For me, winning the prize was wonderful.

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