I was browsing on line for something and came accross a poetry competition. I've never written poetry in my life, so I didn't take it seriously. I wrote a poem about my scary plane ride in about 10 minutes. It was beyond lame! Seriously!
I just got a letter back (and I'm quoting):
After carefully reading and discussing your poem, our Selection Committee has certified your poem as a semi-finalist in our International Open Poetry Contest. Your poem will automatically be entered into the final competition held in September 2005. As a semi-finalist, you now have an excellent chance of winning one of 104(are you ready for this) cash or gift prizes--including the $1,000.00 Grand Prize...blahblahblahblahblahblah.....
On top of making it to the next "round" (whatever crud that may be) they are "publishing" my poem in some book. lol. This poem is so trite, you guys, and should not be in a BOOK as is! If I could rewrite it, that would be one thing...but to publish what I have!? It looks like a jr higher wrote it! I wonder if this is all a load? They didn't ask for money...so who knows.