I Lost My Poem & How to Avoid Writing Scams

November 2017, I entered a writing competition. Within the month, I received a letter in the mail stating I was a finalist, and they wanted to publish my poem in their anthology.

I was ecstatic.

I ran into my parent’s room, grinning ear to ear, because I WAS GOING TO BE PUBLISHED! I immediately signed my poem away (even sent the letter using priority mail), only to find out they were a vanity press, and I would never see my poem in print

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