World Poetry Movement

Today I found out the truth about a publication that may in fact be one of the most brilliant (but awful) publication scams of all time : WORLD POETRY MOVEMENT IS A SCAM. I ignorantly entered the contest full of hopes and dreams and when I first got the news I was extremely excited and than I realized I was just another person who had been fooled into a faulty scam. They publish annually and it turns out that a ridiculously massive amount of people who enter are published, in fact there standards are actually quite low. I heard stories about people who, suspicious of the organization's credibility set out to write the shittiest poem they could possibly think of (and believe me these poems were carefully constructed to prove a point and were a well-constructed attempt to write the worst poem possible and they would be considered shitty in the eyes of many people) and, after entering there contest with a different poem got the same letter back saying that they were a semi-finalist. They add large cash prizes and try to make them selves sound like a convincingly wonderful opportunity. Here's the harsh reality: getting a copy is an option and they make the person pay high prices that they say is a discount but isn't really much of a discount at all and if you want to include a bio (which many people do so this scam is certainly well constructed) you have to pay extra to have your bio included. The book is sold on , , Ebay, and is also sold to other so called "semi-finalists" who just want a physical copy of the work they had been publish in. There are no legit reviews for the anthology which is what made me start to feel suspicious and the fact that the places it is sold is so limited.  In other words: they are publishing the work of others and selling it back to them. They are taking advantage of aspiring writers everywhere and making them buy into the most brilliantly constructed scam I have ever seen in my life and I was just another ignorant victim in their scam to make money off people who just want creditability. They want me to send back a proof but I refuse to be part of such a terrible scam so I refuse to send back the proofs that they asked for because I refuse to be part of such a terrible money making scheme and there is no way that they are going to get my money. Another alarm bell that went off that revealed the truth: it is poorly edited and includes no known authors at all. It was a free contest and I feel so thankful that they didn't demand any money before my poem was accepted for publication and that I found out this fast (it has been two weeks and at least I didn't make any commitment to it). If any other people who entered this World Poetry Movement contest, are considering entering it, or have already received their letters are reading this I advise you to do the same. I'm not the only one who feels this way: there are also many people online who have been victims of this scam.  I have included some additional links on poetry contest scams I hope this helps everyone that has been caught up in this scenario or knows people who have been caught up in this scenario. The more we know the better and with this knowledge we can stop these terrible frauds from continuing to unfairly take people's money by appealing to their hopes and dreams. I have included some links below. I hope this helps anyone who wants to find out more info.
1. article on fake poetry contest that discusses the warning signs of a poetry scam:
2. The famous, highly deceptive World Poetry Movement website: check out all the content that's where the suspicion begins: 
3.Winning Writers: poetry scams, literary scams,contests to avoid:
4.Ezine articles: article on poetry Anthology scams:
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4 thoughts on “World Poetry Movement

  1. Hi Rosemary, I received a letter from WPM today. Of course, I was thrilled to learn that my poem could be published.I decided to do a little more research on this company before deciding to send in the release forms that would allow them to publish my work. After reading a lot of reviews and stumbling across your blog, I feel so troubled by this whole thing.I know I may not be the greatest of writer's, but I do love writing it's always allowed me to feel free.I guess my question to you is how am I able to avoid any future scams such as WPM?Also, how would I be able to be published,what are some legit companies, that I could submit my writing to?-Tish

  2. Hello Rosemary,
    I'm 14 and i stumbled upon WPM a few weeks ago. I entered a few poems and was ecstatic when I received a letter in the mail today saying my fantastic poem would soon be published! As I read, the whole thing started to seem a bit strange. A paper fell out of the envelope informing me that to get the book featuring my poem, I needed to pay $70 for it! At this point, I was almost sure it was a fake, so I went online to do my research, something I SHOULD'VE done before I even entered the contest. I found barely any good reviews of WPM and those few looked like they were WPM workers getting paid to post happy things on public forums. I emailed the company informing them that they were not allowed to use my poem, throwing in a few words such as “sue” in hopes of scaring them. I didn't send back the letter, but I'm still not 100% sure, can they still publish my poem?? I don't want them to 1) own my poem or 2) have my poem in their book. I take my work seriously, and I don't want my name in this type of book, I don't want to be seen in this book by real potential publishers.

    Please answer soon,

  3. What I've learned from that experience is that you have to very carefully research the places your submitting to. See what other people say about them and also pay close attention to where their based. A well established address is a sign of legitimacy: all the places that have been scams were vague about where their located and show signs of having more then one address. I recommend for all publications you find out about that you do your research by checking your local bookstore and buying a copy or going to your local library. Many libraries have old issues of local publications so it's a good, cheaper alternative. If this place is legit and well established it will have a presence no matter how independent and new this place is and if you read old issues it can give you a good idea of what their looking for and what they classify as “good” writing. Many of the independent publications also have a whole page dedicated to nothing but submission guidelines and places to submit. Here's a link that I used. It's a whole webpage dedicated to nothing but Canadian Literary magazine listings and websites which are always looking for new submissions. I refer to this link constantly to find up to date submission guidelines: (
    Hope this helps and best of luck on your long ,bumpy road towards publication.

  4. At this point enough buzz has gone around online about what a scam they are so they'd be smart not to take any drastic action.They are using the publication of other people's work as a business contract where they actually want you to pay for publication so, since obviously this company is someone's get rich quick scheme there's no way they'll publish you since this is all about money. Good for you for fighting back, the more people that fight against their terrible scheme the better. I started writing when I was your age so I have some words of advice from personal experience: #1: write as often as you can and don't for a moment dismiss any of your ideas as stupid, #2: look in your community for writer's groups and if there aren't any start one through your local library, school, or just about any other community your part of, and #3: read as much and as often as you can and be open minded. I recommend checking out three publications for youth under 19: The Claremont Review, Wet Ink, and What if magazine and submit your work there: they are as legit as you can possibly get. Truthfully, I'm not 100% sure if World Poetry Movement can still publish your poem but since they required your permission and, in order to published they wanted money it doesn't really seem likely especially because of all the bad press they've been getting online.
    Hope this helps and don't stop writing,

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