Did you hear that? That was my artistic bubble bursting, thank god it was only a small bubble.
So, I have been scammed. Yes, me of all people. I am normally very careful in what I do and who I deal with, but it has happened. I seen an article in a very reputable magazine for a poetry contest, hmmm i thought maybe I should give it a try. Well I sent out a copy of my poem in late December, and really forgot about it. Every once in awhile it would pop into the back of my mind. Holidays were here and I had much to much to do, and survive the holiday emotions.
Much to my surprise, just about a week ago I received a letter from the publishing company saying "your poem made it to the semi-final rounds". WOW, Really i was so excited and thrilled, you see this poem was about my son and my feelings. So I thought that i might actually be able to share some of those thoughts with others, that have gone through the same thing i have.
I was talking to my sister and told her about the contest (because i didn't let anyone know i submitted an entry). As i was telling her she was asking about the publishing company and all of a sudden....SILENCE, knowing my sister as i do and hearing the tapping of her computer keys I figured something was up. As she was saying let me check things out, something in the back of my slowly functioning brain was saying uh-oh. Things got hectic at work and I didn't have a chance to check out the publishing name until much later.
And there it was SCAMMED!!!! The bubble popped, I only lost the small fee of a stop payment on a check, so i was grateful for that. My younger sister was so indignant on my behave that she started raising cane. I'm supposed to protect her being the older one (not telling how much older) she even called the publishing attorney. and blasted them. SO beware of of poem contests, especially if you see the name EBER & WEIN PUBLISHING.
A lesson well learned and I can actually smile, shake my head and say damn.