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The History:

It is believed by thousands of amateur poets that they have been exploited by the company known as the International Library of Poetry and its subsidiaries. The ILP and its subsidiaries which include Watermark Press,, and the International Society of Poets have a history of luring amateur poets into entering poetry contests. These contests are run several times a year and claim to offer up to $61,500 in prize monies. Once a contest is entered, the poets are then encouraged to purchase merchandise featuring their poetry. The merchandise includes sweat shirts, tapes, mouse pads, laminated wallet cards, greeting cards, tote bags, and plaques. The poets are accepted for publication in anthologies which sell for between $30 and $60+, if not more. Each poet is nominated for membership into the International Society of Poets. To join they must pay an outrageous membership fee. Each poet is invited to attend a big poetry convention in Orlando, Florida. To attend they must pay between $400 and $500. This does not include food and lodging. After all is said and done, these poets end up spending a load of money without ever receiving anything in return. They do not receive royalties on the sales of the anthology that their poetry appears in or on any merchandise sales that feature their work. To that end, many of these poets are now feeling as though they have been scammed out of their hard earned money just to make someone else richer.

(Note: The above information can be verified at

The Questions:

Is it really fair for a company such as the ILP and its subsidiaries to make money off of these poets without ever sharing any of those profits with the poets who did all the work? Without the poets the ILP could not exist, so why is it that they continue to take advantage of all of these poets out there without ever offering any show of appreciation? Is it unreasonable for the poets to expect some royalties from book sales or even some free merchandise or books as a Thank You for your efforts?

Petitioner Statement:

This petition was drawn up to give poets and their supporters a collective voice against the ILP. Having read the above information, or having experienced some of what has been shared thus far we hope that you would sign this petition and make a strong statement against the ILP and its sister companies. By collecting these signatures, it is my hope and the hope of others who have also been a victim that the ILP will be forced to at least listen to the cries that have been going out for several years now and stop ignoring the fact that they are walking all over the poets who keep them in business. It is my hope that this petition may also be sent off to someone who has the authority to formally investigate the ILP and its motives. Maybe we can finally get the ILP to share some of its good fortune with those poets who have been keeping them alive. Maybe we can all make a difference and keep others from being used and abused by the ILP in the future. Please help us support the creativity of our brothers and sisters in poetry past, present, and future.

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Latest Signatures

  • 05 January 2016800. Renee W
    I support this petition
  • 05 January 2016799. Linda P
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  • 04 January 2016798. Donice D
    Has anyone ever received the big money awards or the silver bowl that the claim you will receive? City, State, or Country Lees Summit, MO
  • 04 January 2016797. Brittney B
    I support this petition
  • 03 January 2016796. Anita Sueb
    any artist that puts effort into their work needs to be rewarded accordingly for their endevors. Scams hurt everyone in the long run and should be stopped to keep the purity of the arts. City, State, or Country Olean, New York Catt county
  • 03 January 2016795. Ellison A
    I was fooled by a scam.......and now they must die! City, State, or Country Canada
  • 02 January 2016794. Erin M
    it is just plain mean to make people feel like they are talented, and then just suck them dry with all of the lies. City, State, or Country buffalo, ny
  • 02 January 2016793. Michael M
    I have dealt with ilp for four years fortunately I have not succumbed to giving them any more than the price of a stamp. I am apalled at what I have learned about them City, State, or Country howards grove, wi 53083
  • 31 December 2015792. Rachel Es
    i am a serious writer and i find this to be horrible. please stop them! City, State, or Country shipshewana, indiana
  • 28 December 2015791. Margarette B
    The ads at the top of the introductary petition page include the hell? City, State, or Country Nowhere, No Land
  • 27 December 2015790. Jacqueline Md
    I cried after reading of the scam City, State, or Country Lafayette, LA
  • 27 December 2015789. Philippe S
    I support this petition
  • 27 December 2015788. Vicki P's ISP has caused a total embarrassing & humiliating experience with my family and friends. City, State, or Country Etoile, TX
  • 27 December 2015787. Maria A
    I support this petition
  • 25 December 2015786. Dwayne C
    I support this petition
  • 25 December 2015785. Rosa Q
    I support this petition
  • 23 December 2015784. Leslie C
    they are crooks what more can i say City, State, or Country memphis,tennessee
  • 23 December 2015783. James G
    I support this petition
  • 23 December 2015782. Maria K
    I support this petition
  • 21 December 2015781. Lois Owens City, State, or Country Ms.
  • 21 December 2015780. Jeremy Edwards
    I support this petition
  • 21 December 2015779. Jason N
    I support this petition
  • 19 December 2015778. Joseph Jo
    I support this petition
  • 18 December 2015777. Carolyn P
    I too have submitted a poem and told that I was invited to Orlando Florida, because my poem was nominated as a winner, with a chance to win cash prizes. I am also a member of this organization. I also was invited to Washington, DC in August of this year.
  • 17 December 2015776. Diana R
    A contest, "You win!" So if i win why do I have to pay for my award? Fraud! If I win then give me my award. I have submited 2 poems that have won but to have claimed each one I would have had to pay over 1000$. Fakes!!!!!!!!! City, State, or Country Lakew
  • 16 December 2015775. Calyn S
    I support this petition
  • 16 December 2015774. Antonio H
    I have been subjected to Internation Society of Poets scam. I can provide details. City, State, or Country Sydney, Australia

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Corine ReynoldsBy:
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