When I was about fourteen years old I wrote a poem - a pretty awful poem I may show you later - and sent it in to some poetry anthology and they published it. All I had to do was pay a twenty dollar entry fee! Yea, I know. But falling for that scam wasn’t the worst part. That came later when I received in the mail an application to be included in the Who’s Who Among Young American Poets or something like that. All I had to do was fill out the application and include a twenty dollar entry fee! So I did and I was all “I’m a Really Important Poet” and “I’m like the voice of our generation” until it was pointed out to me that not only was the Who’s Who book a scam but so was the poetry anthology. I was so dejected I wrote a poem about my dejection.
I see the Who’s Who scams are still around. I was reading up on just how many Who’s Who books there are out there and I thought, you know, there are a lot of those books I would pay to be included in. So I’m taking out my credit card and searching for these anthologies: