Another use for the mighty internet

A friend of mine showed me this site tonight: If you're an aspiring poet or someone--like me--who's been having trouble breaking through the logjam of the publishing world, you might want to check it out, especially if you're not a member of the Iowa Writer's Workshop. (Note: I'm not bashing the workshop or the program--I don't know enough about it to make a judgment--but this site makes a pretty good case that the faculty of said workshop has no issue with throwing its weight around.)

If you're trying to get a book of poetry published, this is the general route--you have to send it in with a reading fee to one of many contests and hope it wins. Unfortunately, it looks like some of these "contests" in recent years have had the fix in--contest judges have been picking their students or people with whom they have personal relationships. It's not always the case, perhaps not even the case the majority of the time, but it does happen, and this site is a good place to at least look for potential conflicts and perhaps think twice before sending in that entry fee.

And if you have a story of your own, please feel free to post it on the forums available there. Let me say this as well--I have absolutely no connection with these people. A friend of mine showed me the site tonight and I haven't had an opportunity to examine it fully myself, but I thought it was worth sharing.

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