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Steve Parkes BS: United Press: any info? (7) BS: United Press: any info? 24 Nov 11

Anyone know anything about a UK firm called United Press Ltd? They publish poetry, and advertise poetry competitions in libraries from time to time. They do vanity publishing, as far as I can tell: you pay them to publish your stuff, rather than they pay you. I put a short piece in for a comp last year; it didn't win, but they're asking for several more pieces to go in a collection with nine other writers. There's a rather scary line in their email, 'As time is of the essence please reserve any questions until after you have submitted your work'. So I can't expect to be told if they expect me to pay any money until after I've sent my work in. Nothing I've found on the 'net suggests they're dishonest, but they won't be getting any cash from me; but I'm not giving anything away to them unless I can be sure I'm not being ripped off.

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