Creative Communication, and its director Tom Worthen, have helped thousands, if not millions, of kids publish their poems and essays! The company’s goal is to motivate students grades K-12 to be more creative and have fun writing.
As a poet first starting out, I kept my poetry to myself. I did not actually think I wrote well at all. Then I started to show my poetry to close friends, teachers, and family. They told me that they loved my poetry and thought I had potential. With their encouragement, I began my journey looking for publishers and contests to get my poetry published and reviewed. Creative Communication sponsored the first contest I entered. I had seen a flyer for them in the hallways of Cary High School, my high school.
I had a great experience with Creative Communication! I submitted two poems, “The Ocean” and “Abraham Lincoln” in the spring of 2009, and fall of 2009 (respectively) and had them both published as high merit poems. After reading the letters I received stating the publication of my poems as high merit poems, I was very excited! I was so happy to have finally gotten good professional feedback! Creative Communication was one of the very first publishers that gave my poems a shot.
Since then, I have won second place for the Sherry Pruitt Award with the North Carolina Poetry Society, as well as self-publishing three poetry books Sandy Adventures, Many Hearts, One Emotion, and Duke: A Best Friend, A Pet, And A Brother with Lulu Self-Publishing. None of my books have had much publicity, other than friends and family, but I am working on promoting my books in order to get a wider audience range and hopefully some day have my books published by a major company. I love writing poetry, and I do not write for the money. I write because poetry is a way of expressing myself, and so that others may understand me and perhaps develop their own feelings.
Creative Communication wants to help promote the writings of students. They know how having a work published affects a student. Now, it’s not to say every poem submitted becomes published. The winners and high merit authors have been selected out of millions of submissions. Creative Communication is very selective concerning work published due to the fact that the company wants it to be an extremely high honor for a student’s work to be published. The poems published in the anthologies are poems that deserved to be published.
In my opinion, every school around the nation should participate in Creative Communication’s contests. There is nothing to lose by doing so. It is free to submit entries and if you are published, buying the book is optional! How much better could a deal like this get?
For more information on Creative Communication, visit its website at http://www.poeticpower.com. Also for more information on my poetry books, visit http://stores.lulu.com/patricksalkeld.