Can someone please explain to me what the deal is with Forward Press?
A year or to ago, a poem of mine was selected to appear in a publication of theirs called The Lyrical Laboratory, a children's poetry anthology. I received a pre-order form, telling me, that as a contributor, I could get the book at a special price. Scam? I've been told you should never have to pay for a copy of a publication you're contributing to. If they have 100 contributors, and everyone orders 2 copies, that's 200 books sold immediately and its done as print on demand.
Recently, I was selected for 2 other anthologies and received the same pre-order form. To be fair, inclusion in the book was guaranteed and not dependent on my ordering. But its still a sort of scam, yes?
But how, then, does that get reconciled with the highly respected Forward Press prizes for poetry. Seamus Heaney was a recipient of one, I believe. Poetry competitions like the Francis Ledwidge and the National Poetry Competition nominate their 3 best poems to go forward to the Forward Press prize.
Can someone explain this to me?