Dear Hairy,
Several weeks ago, we informed you by mail that our editors have
certified your poem "Killing the knee grows" as a semi-finalist in our
International Open Poetry Contest. I'm writing to remind you that your
poem will automatically be entered into the final competition held in
March . As a semi-finalist, you now have an excellent chance of
winning one of 104 cash or gift prizes--including the $1,000.00 First
Prize. You may even win the $10,000.00 annual Grand Prize! We wish you
the best of luck as you compete for these prizes in the coming weeks (
click here for a complete list of prizes
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And that's not all . .
Hairy . . . Imagine Your Poem
Featured on a Page by Itself in a Beautiful Coffee-table Edition!
As I mentioned in my letter, and in celebration of the unique
talent that you have displayed, we also wish to publish your poem in
what promises to be one of the most highly sought-after collections of
poetry we have ever published . . .
Eternal Portraits*
Library of Congress ISBN 0---2
*(actual publication title may be different)
Eternal Portraits, scheduled for publication in Spring , will
be a classic, coffee-table quality hardbound volume printed on
fine-milled paper specifically selected to last for generations. It will
make a handsome addition to any library, a treasured family keepsake, or
a highly valued personal gift. And best of all, this magnificent volume
will showcase the poetry of Hairy Aks on an entire page itself!
Before going any further, Hairy, let me make one thing clear . . .
your poem was selected for publication, and as a contest semi-finalist,
based on your unique talent and artistic vision. We believe it will add
to the importance and appeal of this edition. In this regard, you are
under no obligation whatsoever to submit any entry fee, any subsidy
payment, or to make any purchase of any kind. Of course, many people do
wish to own a copy of the anthology in which their artistry appears. If
this is the case, and you have not already ordered or reserved your
copy, we welcome your order--and guarantee you will be satisfied. Please
see your special discount information
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As I mentioned, your poem has automatically been advanced to the
final competition--so you do not need to take further action on the
contest at this time. However, regarding the publication of your poetry,
if you have not already returned your proof with your approval to
publish, you must now proofread your poem, which appears on your
Artist's Proof
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errors and make any necessary changes. The Artist's Proof also verifies
that "Killing the knee grows" is your original work of art. And Hairy,
let me assure you, your poem remains your property--Eternal Portraits is
copyrighted as a compilation. This means that you retain the copyright
to your own work of art.
And if you haven't done so already, you must also decide if you
would like to have some personal information about yourself and your
poetry included in this elegant edition. In this way, readers can gain a
greater awareness of your motivations, the meaning poetry has in your
life, the story behind your poem, or your personal or philosophical
point of view. Your biography will be featured on a page by itself,
directly opposite your poem--you will thus have two full pages in the
book devoted to you and your artistry. And although we must charge a
nominal fee for this service, you are under no obligation to include
this information. Your poem can be published without it if you wish.
Please see your Artist's Proof
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Again, congratulations, Hairy. We feel you have a special talent
and we believe your poem will add to the importance and appeal of this
edition. Your contribution to Eternal Portraits is greatly appreciated.
Howard Ely
Managing Editor

P.S. Hairy, you should be genuinely proud of your accomplishment. You
have been selected to participate in this very special edition because
of your unique vision. It is our pleasure to publish fine poetry such as
yours in this historic volume. And, if you decide to order Eternal
Portraits, we are so certain that you will love the quality of the
edition and the way your poetry is presented, we can proudly offer an
unconditional guarantee
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any reason you are dissatisfied, your money will be promptly refunded.
You may also return the Artist's Proof we previously mailed you if you
find that more convenient than ordering online. But either way, we must
hear from you within 4 weeks if you wish to be included in this historic
poetry edition. If you have already returned your Artist's Proof by
mail, you need take no further action to authorize publication.
Proofread your poem and order the hardbound anthology now
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