Date: 5/30/03 2:07:25 PM Eastern Daylight Time
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RE: Poet of the Year, 2003 (finalists)
Dear Mr. Bastedo:
I would like to inform you of your nomination as Poet of the Year for 2003, and to personally invite you to read your poetry at the single largest gathering of poets in history, where you will be formally inducted as an International Poet of Merit and Honored Member of our Society for 2003.
Your induction will take place Friday evening, August 15th, in the United States Capital, Washington, D.C., during the 2003 International Society of Poets Summer 2003 Convention and Symposium.
You will also be honored with two separate and very special awards for your poetic achievement at special ceremonies throughout the weekend.
First, to honor and commemorate your poetic accomplishments, after you present your poetry in front of fellow poets from around the world, you will be presented with your Outstanding Achievement in Poetry Silver Award Cup. The Award is a magnificent work of art in itself, uniquely engraved and mounted on a cherry-wood base.
In recognition of your poetry presentation at this prestigious International Symposium, we will also create and present to you a beautiful and colorful Commemorative Award Medallion to honor your poetic dedication and achievements.
36 POETS WILL SHARE $74,000.00 IN ADDITIONAL PRIZES--INCLUDING THE SINGLE LARGEST POETRY CASH PRIZE EVER AWARDED--$90,000.00!
We also want to see any new material you might have written since last year. Your contest entry poem can be written in any style, on any subject . . . and can be up to 40 lines long.
For this poem alone, you will have the opportunity to win one of 36 cash and gift prizes to be awarded at the Symposium, including a Grand Prize of $90,000.00--the largest cash prize ever awarded in a poetry competition. There's also a Second Prize of $55,000.00, two Third Prizes of all-expenses paid vacations for two, including a Caribbean cruise and a trip to Cancun, Mexico, a Fourth Prize of $1,000.00, and six other cash prizes of $500.00 each.
~*I came in second last year...hm...maybe I should consider writing another...SOMEONE INSPIRE ME, QUICK!*~
World-renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.D. Snodgrass and movie star Mickey Rooney will be with us to congratulate poets and present the Grand Prize.
Our editors and professors will also be searching for new poetic talent. Twenty poets will be "discovered" in the contest reading sessions. These winners will be awarded publishing or recording contracts that will generate international exposure for their poetic artistry, just as your entry did last year.
In all, more than $100,000.00 in cash and prizes will be awarded at this single event.
**You will be officially inducted as an honorary "International Poet of Merit" for 2003.
**You and your poetic achievements will be honored at two Gala Banquets and Award Ceremonies.
**You will enjoy dazzling entertainment shows created especially for you featuring Hollywood living legend Mickey Rooney, members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Drifters, legendary Motown singing group, the Marvelettes, plus other special surprise entertainers. There will also be lots of other entertainment, including Midnight Dance Parties on both Friday and Saturday nights.
**You will have the rare opportunity to get up-close and personal with the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.D. Snodgrass, Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin, Mattie Stepanek, and Dr. Len Roberts, who will also be reading their own work.
**You will participate in a fantastic international poetry competition featuring 35 prizes totaling $66,500.00. A Grand Prize of $90,000.00, two all-expenses paid vacations for two, including a Caribbean cruise and a trip to Cancun, Mexico, 8 other cash prizes totaling $9,000.00, 10 poetry recording contracts, 10 book publishing contracts, and 5 Young Poets Scholarship prizes will be awarded at this single event.
**You and your guest will also be eligible to win one of many door prizes, valued at over $6,000.00.
**You will make friendships that will last a lifetime and will return home with wonderful memories, your Outstanding Achievement in Poetry Silver Award Cup, your Commemorative Award Medallion, and lots of other special gifts.
I'm sorry you missed our last ceremony, where your poetry was read by our laureate, Pulitzer Prize Winner, W.D. Snodgrass. Don't miss this opportunity to read your own poetry. Space is limited, and accomodations for two, as before, are taken care of by our committee. Plan to join your fellow poets in the United States Capital, Washington, D.C., August 15-17, 2003 for the poetic event of the year. I am also looking forward to meeting you and celebrating the power and beauty of your work, especially. If you have any new material, please send it to me ASAP.
International Society of Poets
P.S. I'm sending you this reminder since you previously requested to be notified of poetry news by e-mail. I'm also sending a hard copy release form for the dual C.D. we're publishing, which includes your work as a featured item. Please sign this, and include your biography, so we can give you credit for this beautiful work of art.
Still, I'm scratching my head, asking: "Why?" LOL. Since that poem is now published in five publications, and already on a C.D. (not to mention the letter I received last week from the U.K., asking me to 'sign a letter of release' for their publication...) I don't feel like just any poet fraud -- I am the poet fraud of all time...or something. I'm not a POET!! Whyyy?! Since there is cash involved, and I received a chunk of it last year, I might...
*Scratches head still not believing it...ugh.