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While there is nothing wrong with submitting your poetry to contests, be careful where you submit. There are many websites that promise to enter your poem in a competition. These are often a front for unscrupulous publishing companies who will try to get money out of you for publishing your poetry in a book. Legitimate poetry contests have small entry fees (perhaps as much as $25) and small prizes. Contests without an entry fee and with prizes that seem too good to be true usually are. It's worth paying attention to the rights you might be signing away. Many poetry scams retain the right to publish your poem online and then send an endless stream of junk mail inviting you to spend more money so you can see your own poem in a book.