Hi there everyone. This is about an ongoing problem we poets have. I entered a couple of competitions and it gradually transpired that one of them was a vanity press and constantly tries to enveigle me into buying medals and plaques etc (which I am supposed to pay for) telling the world how wonderful I am as a poet? I have allowed them to publish one poem but have never paid for anything. The second one is for an anthology and they want to publish 2 poems and my payment is a copy of the book gratis. I have allowed them to publish the two poems. Experience has taught me that other people are making money from my hard work and all I am getting out of it is exposure for my poetry. Since I am never going to be Pam Ayres I think I have to settle for getting my work out there. The third competition results,which seems bona fide (who knows) will not be revealed until the Spring, so that poem is tied up and I can't use it to enter anything else. It occurs to me that these competitions attract thousands of entries world wide so being chosen for publication is not automatic. Perhaps something is acheived by being published. One way or another you have to get your work out there. What do you think?