Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Lulu takes over Poetry.com

Lulu.com Launches Lulu Poetry, Introduces Contest
By Lynn Andriani -- Publishers Weekly, 4/14/2009 1:29:00 PM

Self-publishing site Lulu has launched a Poetry site, http://www.poetry.com/, where users can connect with other poets and digitally publish their own verse at no cost. The site resembles Lulu.com in that it is targeted toward writers who want to connect with their peers and have access to resources to receive reviews and feedback on their work. Unlike Lulu.com, Poetry.com features a “reward and recognition component” through poetry contests with daily ($25), monthly ($250) and yearly ($5,000) prizes awarded. The Lulu poetry community will select the winners.

At Poetry.com (Lulu bought the domain from a previous owner and overhauled it), poets can create, meet other poets and share their work. Widgets and other resources offer glossaries and techniques, as well as a reference list of words that rhyme, and every day the Poetry.com staff selects a “Poem of the Day.” A spokesperson said Lulu will add new features over the next few months.

See also:
This is Why Self-Publishing isn’t Taken Seriously

9 comments:

Shannon Yarbrough said...

I have to laugh at this because somewhere there's a quote from Bob Young priding himself on Lulu having the largest collection of "bad poetry" in the world.

Emily Veinglory: said...

Taking over a site with such a horrendous reputation strikes me as a ludicrously bad idea.

Pheebles said...

hmm I wonder if they're going to clean up Poetry.com's image as a scam sight?

Cheryl Anne Gardner said...

I read that too Shannon, how funny.

I guess we shall see if they stepped in a huge pile of crap or not. Maybe that's why the cash prizes are at the forefront of the release.

People get stupid when they see the words cash and prizes in the same sentence. Oh, and the certificate for your wall, I almost forgot that. Why do people buy into the "fake" literary awards schemes. I just don't get it. But it will bring business to the site, you betcha.

The list of things I like dangling in front of my face is quite short: carrots are not on the list.

Anonymous said...

Huh, that's interesting.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if they'll be paying out the cash prizes to Monthly winners who never got paid. I won September 08's contest, and never saw a dime, though I know other people DID receive checks in earlier contests

Donald said...

I find it unbelievable that any reputable company would buy a domain name such as Poetry.com. The amount of misery, anger, shattered hopes and embarrassment Poetry.com has caused to aspiring poets is beyond belief. Just do a little bit of research on Google.

There were 5 million poems on that site and every poet received a letter, email, and convention invitation flattering them for their tremendous talent without anyone even reading their poem!

It is my opinion that no reputable company would even consider associating themselves with Poetry.com. What that says about Lulu.com is obvious.

Anonymous said...

I posted 420 poems on the Poetry.com website within 11 years. So far I was shown around 10 by Lulu Poetry Customer Service by using a code. I wonder if Lulu Poetry will post the rest of my poems on their website?

Anonymous said...

Are all my 420 poems destroyed or will they appear someday on the Lulu Poetry website?