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Winning Writers is proud to receive the Truly Useful Site Award from Preditors & Editors (March 2006). "These sites have proven not only useful or entertaining. They have also set a standard for other sites to aim for. We congratulate them on their achievements." P&E also gave Special Recognition to Winning Writers in November 2011 "for their efforts in helping writers avoid scams".
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"Each issue is filled with terrific contests, interviews, technique tips, etc.—with little (if any) repetition. It also offers a wide representation of legitimate poetry contests, which is uncommon. As President of Southwest Writers Club of Dallas, I use ideas from the Winning Writers website and newsletters to make our programs more interesting and engaging. They haven't let me down yet.... I'm already endorsing [WinningWriters.com] to my own club members, and I try to steer just about every writer I meet your way."
Sami Swan Thompson, President, Southwest Writers Club
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Gene McParland, New York
"Sent it to about 30 poets I know. Great contest source."
Lynn Skapyak Harlin, senior editor, Closet Books
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David Dodd Lee, judge of the 42 Miles Poetry Prize sponsored by 42 Miles Press
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Mark Schorr, Executive Director, The Robert Frost Foundation
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Ted O. Badger, Editor, Lucidity Poetry Journal
"I hear about WW all of the time from other poets, and on web sites. You've created quite a resource for poets. We're all very appreciative."
Colette Jonopulos, Tiger's Eye: A Journal of Poetry
"I'm happy to find a website enterprise that provides the reader with legit writer and poetry contest information, and all the resources you provide."
Janet Leigh Dowd
"Thanks so much for what you guys do at WinningWriters.com—it's a great site, not only for myself as a writer, but also as a journal editor trying to promote poetry."
Tim Green, Associate Editor, RATTLE
"If you're serious about writing poetry and entering competitions, this is an important site to know and explore. Winning Writers is the glorious sponsor to the Wergle Flomp Contest.... Best of all, it's free! Last year some 800 USD was at stake for the gawd-awfullest poem submitted.
Winning Writers has a site that is crammed with information and resources regardless of whether you are into writing haiku and oriental verse or mastering formal meter. The site is exceptionally well-organized for you to find the resources that you need, including definitions and descriptions of different verse forms, publishers, contests and other excellent websites. The site provides information about literary scams and dubious POD's to help you keep from getting fleeced. Check it out for tips regarding scam detection.
A section of the site is dedicated to essays on poetry and links for poets. Moreover, there are links for legal resources, literary journals, literary associations, poetry forums, poetry performances and other reference sites. Winning Writers has a freebie newsletter that informs you of freebie contests—so why wait? Subscribe."
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"I don't recall how I found Winning Writers, but I have shared the web address with all of my friends and colleagues who are enamored with the written word. Winning Writers has been of immeasurable help in my early forays into writing poetry and fiction. The resource has provided expert advice (something difficult to come by in this business of jealously guarded secrets and impervious walls) and insightful commentary on the art, culture, and business of writing. It's not only the resources that the website and newsletters provide...the contest reviews, the critiques, the publishing advice. It's also the personal commitment of the two founders, Adam Cohen and especially Jendi Reiter. The willingness to offer advice and go above and beyond all reasonable expectations to help writers astounds me. What the organization has done for me is, despite my having chosen a career in the crafting of language, beyond words."
Geoffrey Clay, Honorable Mention, 2002 War Poetry Contest sponsored by Winning Writers
"Thanks for the WinningWriters website. It has been a BIG help to me in the beginning stage of my writing avocation!"
"Thank you for making so much useful information available to aspiring poets like myself.... I can't tell you enough, how great it is to have the knowledge and support of a site like Winning Writers."
"Your website is so involved and full and helpful and JUST RIGHT that I fear I could spend my life there!... MANY thanks and please know you are truly appreciated!"
Holly MacLain Pharmer, Illinois
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Joan Barberich, events director, Food for Thought Books, Massachusetts
"I really appreciate the content of Winning Writers in general. As a poet who needs to evaluate publications and contests, I utilize your site almost continually, and I tell people about it weekly."
Ben Arnold, poetry/prose co-editor, Perigee: Online Publication for the Arts
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Linda M. Hasselstrom, Windbreak House writing retreat for women
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Alice Andrews, editor, entelechy
"The WinningWriters website is the net's premier literary instructional resource. It facilitates craft improvement, which stimulates enjoyment, confidence, and a greater sense of personal growth."
Dan Taylor for The Diamond Angle
"Great job you've been doing in exposing pathetic creatures such as [a certain vanity poetry contest]. I really enjoyed and was educated from all your exhaustive research. Thanks. Hard to believe that these slugs can operate for so long without penalty or prevention coming their way, eventually.... Rock on, WinningWriters.com. Keep up the informed, patient and relentless 'Good Fight' always, please."
William G. Taggart Jr., Ontario, on reading the Warning
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"A great site to find information about upcoming poetry contests."
The Hyper Texts
"I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for all the help you have given me. I am fifty seven years old and I had never written a poem before in my life till March 1st of this year (2002). Then after I started writing I had no idea what I was doing. I found your website and with your help I have had three poems published and I just now got word that three more will be in February. I was sixteen when I got married so needless to say I did not go through all my high school years. Also with your help I have sent a complete manuscript off, I can't believe what has happened to me, but none of it would have been possible without you."
Thelma Shutters, Missouri
"I think the site is a good resource for writers, and we certainly deal with a good many of them!"
Darlene Montonaro, Executive Director, Poets' & Writers' League of Greater Cleveland
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Laura Van Prooyen, Illinois
Janet Murch, Editor, Ragged Raven Press
"I visited your website and found the sample content excellent. The service you are providing is much needed and appreciated."
Marilyn Johnson, Editor/Publisher, Pearl Editions
"I want you to know that I appreciate the website very much. What a Godsend to poets and writers."
Elizabeth Price, Indianapolis, IN
"I really appreciate having access to such a helpful website as this one and I will be sure to visit quite frequently for contest info."
Tiffany Brown, Fort Lauderdale, FL
"Several things delighted me about your website: it is so thorough; it is GENEROUS. The second part is what moved me to write. Even though you definitely are in business and have products to sell, it is obvious by the way it is put together that you are not afraid to share what you know and how you've gotten things done. I assume you know this about what you are doing; but it really is pretty rare in many creative realms. Generosity of spirit to less experienced writers from writers who have figured out the ways of the world is a welcome beacon.
Thank you for some useful information offered in a very accessible way. Hopefully, I'll put some of it to good use. Ironically, I have a friend who is a highly successful poet...who I would never dare bother for some of the necessary practicalities you have given! I also look forward to checking out your contest letter."
Lucy Cornwell, Amateur Poet
"I too fell victim to vanity. I entered a poem in [a certain bad contest] and thought it was the greatest thing ever when I became a finalist. I also unfortunately purchased the book my poem is going to be in. That was a $60.00 lesson I won't soon forget. But the damage that they did was to make me unsure about my work; I did email them and tell them what I thought. I'm sure that that keeps them up at night....
I should have known better to enter a contest where one of the entries was 'I like cheese, cheese is cool.'
Anyway I just wanted to tell you that we are so grateful for a site that we feel we can trust."
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Darlene L. Levrier, WinningWriters.com visitor
"Having recently been invited to the Poets convention by poetry.com, 'for my merit as a poet', I am glad now that I didn't fly over from Belfast to Florida and waste my time, after reading your first-hand account. Poetry.com has recently sent me another copyright sheet but your website has put me off replying to their letter with anything more than a two-fingered insult. I will not be sending poetry.com any more of my poetry, and your list of which competitions to avoid has helped. I thank you for your openness and honesty, we could do with more websites like yours."
Catriona Holmes, WinningWriters.com visitor
"My name is Jeff Mosley. I am a police officer, a martial arts instructor, and a poet. Considering my first two descriptions, you would think (as would I) that I would be a worldly, hardcore cynic and would not be susceptible to any scam of any fashion. But my third description leans to the romantic hopefulness that many of us have, so when I stumbled upon 'poetry.com' (aka—The International Library of Poetry—wow!) I immediately threw on some shoes and trekked up to the attic and dug out my stash of original, heartfelt poetry that I have written through the years. I picked one out and submitted it, already excited over the anticipated response and the prospect of picking up my pen again on my upcoming vacation.
My next thought was 'Why stop there?' and I typed 'poetry contests' in my search engine. Much to my surprise, one of the most prominent returns was the 'poetry contest scams caution' by Wind Publications, which eventually led me to WinningWriters.com and to your email. I had no idea. I could have easily been sucked into buying a book or even taking a trip to see just how good my poetry really was! I have not spent a dime or received a letter (this is a mere 3 hours from my visit to poetry.com), but I still feel somewhat cheapened by the fact that my work and words are on their website.
Anyway, I just wanted to say 'thanks' to you and those like you who protect the uninformed from being taken by this and other scam artists who prey on our dreams. If this email can help anyone else, you may reprint it or use it as you will. My pen is coming out again, but for reputable sites like yours. I will also compose some more poetry for the 'International Library'... look for it in the Wergle Flomp poetry contest (after I read 'Flubblebop', 'Nicky Nacky Noo', and 'Yew Gotta Larf' I laughed so hard I woke my wife up from across the house)."
Jeff Mosley, WinningWriters.com visitor
"It's a relief to see a website that actually cares about the people it's trying to reach. I too, like many others I assume, have been taken for a ride by [bad poetry contests]. Thank you for giving people what they are really looking for, honest advice."
Terry Johnson, WinningWriters.com visitor
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