Dear Miss Snark,
Somewhere along the line I took some random piece of advice that I should enter literary contests. So I did. Eventually I got a lovely letter in the mail, one that was NOT a rejection letter, and even though something indescribable nagged at me, I jumped for joy because this was NOT a rejection letter.
I sent off my order form and payment for the book. I filled in my bio information.
Months later, I started listening to the nagging voice.
I looked up this organization on the intermittent net. I didn't find anything bad, exactly, but I sure didn't find anything good. With some digging, I found other previous "winners" and poems that were "accepted" for "publication" and my gut sank to my toes as I read the work of my fellow "Poets." Oh dear. Not good.
The anthology, a lovely hardcover limited edition book, is set for publication in January 2007. I'm beginning to think it might come out bound in Genuine Corinthian Leather.
So, Miss Snark, you won't need to hit me with the clue gun because I've already done it for you. My question to you is...Have I made a huge mistake, or is this repairable?(1)
Now that it's going to be published, I can't send it to any literary magazines (legit ones), can I?(2)
Or is it possible to contact these very nice people and request to take back my poem and possibly get my 50 bucks back? (3)
I'm going through the process of querying agents- real actual legitimate agents- to represent a novel I wrote and I am afraid of including this organization in a list of publishing credits. I think it will make me look like an amateur. A nitwit, you know? (4)
No one will go looking for this stuff IF you don't tell them it's out there. I only google the things you tell me about in a query letter (the publisher of your "630,000 word memoir that was well-receieved" for example).
I'm not hunting around for your past mistakes. I figure you have about half as many nitwitteries to your credit as I do.
Suck it up.
Hang out with your fellow word wranglers here.