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March 4, 2020  |  Wingless Dreamer  |  Contest


Opens entries till May 15, 2020.

Seeking uniquely cinematic short stories.

Our jury is looking for short stories (not scripts) with special cinematic potential. Whether you’re writing flash fiction or a novella, we want to read your story! The grand winner will receive USD 100 and personal introductions to literary agents, managers, producers, and publishers.

Winners announcement: 25th May 2020


  • All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible.

  • All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however, the material submitted must be in English.

  • The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the competition.

  • Any submitted work that becomes optioned, professionally adapted for the screen, or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period will no longer be eligible.

  • The material should be submitted in PDF format, with no crazy fonts or non-standard font sizes.

  • Short stories of more than 1500 words will not be eligible.


  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission through Submittable or via email: (Please note, authors who are willing to submit via email need to submit a PayPal receipt of $5 USD to

  • The entry fee for each story is $5 USD.

  • There is no limit to the number of stories you may submit but the word limit per story should not exceed 1500 words.

  • Entries must be received on or before the deadlines and submission fee payment must be made in full at the time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable

  • The story and all submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s), particularly the film adaptation rights.

  • Entrant’s work must not have published elsewhere in any format. (Exception can be made to personal websites and blogs).

  • The material must be submitted by the writer.

  • All ownership and rights to the material submitted to this contest remain with the Wingless Dreamer Publisher.


Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to WinglessDreamer and its agents’ and contest sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of an entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.


All entries are non-refundable.


Wingless Dreamer Publisher is granted First Serial Rights. By submitting your manuscripts with Wingless Dreamer Publisher, the author grants their rights as copyright owners to the Wingless Dreamer publisher. For detailed info, you can read our Terms and Conditions here. Confirmation of entry will be sent via e-mail by Submittable immediately after submission. An announcement of our winners will be posted through Submittable, social media, and our website.

For all author’s ownership and rights kindly read our policy and guidelines on our website


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May 27, 2020  |  Wingless Dreamer  |  Announcements

The art of storytelling dates back to the beginning of mankind. Oral tradition was the first way that stories were told and got passed down through generations. Since then, we have been telling each other stories, imagining different worlds and lives, and telling about our own. Storytelling is so important to humanity since it’s the only art form that allows one to truly experience life through a different perspective. Stories bring us together and remind us that we are often more alike than we might initially think.

Here at Wingless Dreamer, we are honored and excited to continue this important tradition for our species. Our editorial team greatly appreciated the chance to read short stories from all around the world. We saw true, cinematic potential in every one of them. Congratulations to all the winners and contestants whose stories were selected to get published in this anthology!

Without further ado! The winner of the ‘2020 Cinematic Short-story Contest’ and the first-place $100 honorarium goes to:

First Place: Saumyata Singh for The stolen wishes

Saumyata Singh is a 23 years old writer from Mumbai, Maharashtra. She works as a Digital marketing manager at Unilever. In her spare time, she enjoys reading romantic novels such as Mills & Boon, Nicholas Sparks and Jane Eyre. She also enjoys writing screenplays and short Bollywood series.

Second Place: Gary Bolick for Icing Wings

Gary Bolick is native of North Carolina and currently resides in Clemmons, NC with his wife Jill. After living and studying in Paris and Dijon for a year and a half, Bolick graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in French. He has published numerous short stories and three novels. His latest novel: ‘A Walking Shadow’ (Unsolicited Press) was released in 2018. Go to ‘US Review of Books’ (recommended review) for more Information.

Third Place: Alexis MacIsaac for The Pilgrim

Alexis MacIsaac is a writer and musician living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She has an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Economics from Carleton University and a Master’s degree from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. She works for the federal government of Canada and is currently working on her first novel.

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