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July 8, 2020  |  Wingless Dreamer  |  Contest

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Light up the Dark. Share your dark poetry. Shadows. Fears. Rising up from the ashes. What is shared in the dark, brings truth to light.

 

The Winners, finalists and Honourable mentions of our ‘Dark Poetry Contest’ will be promoted on our social media platform and their work will be published in both hardcover and eBook. Our books include a small biographical statement about each poet along with their poem. Winning and commended poems will also be published in the competition’s anthology.

Theme: Dark poetry

Though poetry can be full of light, it also has the ability to capture sorrow, pain, and the fragility of life. In the best cases, these dark poems act as catharsis for both the writer and the reader alike. These pieces act to verbalize the shattered mirror through which we occasionally view the world. Submissions do not have to be similar to the poems by Edgar Allan Poe but we recommend reading some of his work to get inspiration for this contest. Maybe it’s time to share your dark poetry with the world.

Judging criteria:

Relevance to the theme – 50%

Creativity/Style and Originality – 30%

Coherence of form and structure (harmony of words, presentation) – 10%

Clarity of imagery and language – 10% => TOTAL – 100%

Deadline: 30th August 2020

RULES & HOW TO ENTER

 

  • The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over.

  • Poems may be on any subject and in any form or style as long as it goes well with the theme for the contest.

  • They must be typed and not longer than 20 lines (excluding the title).

  • Poems should be in English, must be the entrant’s own work and should not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere (including online), should not have won another poetry competition, or be the translated work of another poet.

  • Closing date: midnight on 30 August 2020. Entries received after this time will not be considered.

  • All poems are judged anonymously and should not bear your name, or any other form of identification.

  • Our judge will read all entries.

  • No changes can be made to a poem once it has been submitted.

  • The decision of the judge is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  • WinglessDreamer Poetry Festival Trustees, employees or associates, or members of their families, may not enter.

  • The winners will be contacted by email or post in the month of December 2020 on our website and on our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram).

Website: winglessdreamer.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/winglessdreamer/
Instagram: @winglessdreamer1

How long is your process?

It takes over 1-2 months to publish a poetry collection in physical form in order to include time for authors to work with our editors, graphic design work, illustrations, book cover, and layout.

Please note that submission fees of a minimum amount of USD$5 allow us to offer the winning honorarium and also offset the cost of publishing and promoting the winning collection. Wingless Dreamer works to support the publication of excellent poetry, flash fiction, and short stories collection and supports our mission to bring the highest quality literature into the world. All submissions will be carefully read, reviewed, and considered for this prestigious prize. Thank you for your understanding.

Announcements

February 1, 2021  |  Wingless Dreamer  |  Announcements

“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”

Edgar Allan Poe


Edgar Allan Poe was a visionary of ages, with beautiful, haunting and exemplary works of the potential of one’s darkness. With his work on short stories and poems that touch on the mesmerising topics of death, the natural and the supernatural, he cemented himself as a legend in literature. He was a connoisseur of short stories and brought revolutionary contributions to poetry and literary criticism. We, at Wingless Dreamer, wanted to invite aspiring writers who could channel into their darkness, their emotions, and fears; reach into the depths of their minds and bring out pieces of art, in a worthy attempt to commemorate the undying legend of Edgar Allan Poe. In that sense, we congratulate everyone for their hand in a literary celebration of Edgar’s contributions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

We are so glad to receive so many wonderful poems in our Edgar Allan Poe Dark Poetry Contest this year. Our editorial team was working day and night to find the best dark poem that truly reflects Edgar’s work. However, a select few showed us how they could too, in fact, reach greatness, from the daunting depths of darkness. With spine-chilling sensations, vivid imagery reminiscent of Edgar and a subliminally provoking piece of art, our winner showed us how they could best channel their inner Edgar Allan Poe. Finally, after an intense discussion, we have come to a conclusion. We have with ourselves a gothic genius who dared to step into the shadows of the phantom of Poe!

The winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Dark Poetry contest and the winning prize of $100 goes to:

LUDO BRACA –THE CASTLE LIVES IN ME

Hurrah! Congratulations!

Ludo’s poem captures the true excitement of imaginative storytelling and tales of mystery and horror.

Additionally, we also would like to mention first runner up:

ANTHONY MIRARCKI for his poem GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK

and some honorable mentions:

 

CHAD W. LUTZ – RUNNING WITH THE DEAD

MONICA YELL – SHADOW MAN

RYAN DIAZ – THE LONG DEFEAT

BRIAN REYBURN – YOUR GREATEST DANGER

TONIA KALOURIA – SHE WORE HER MOURNING NOON AND NIGHT

On behalf of the Wingless Dreamer, we congratulate Ludo along with other participants for their amazing contribution to make Edgar Allan Poe Dark Poetry Contest successful.

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