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September 30, 2020  |  Wingless Dreamer  |  Contest

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Entries for Winter Poetry Contest 2021 are now closed.

All the winners and commended poets will get a chance to publish their work in our competition anthology. Certificate + free complimentary copy of the book will be provided to the winner. The winner will be promoted on our social media platform and the books will get published on our website: and on the Amazon Kindle publishing platform.

Theme: Winter poetry

Your poems can be full of light and laughter or it can capture sorrow, pain, and the fragility of life. Maybe it’s your time to share your poem with us.

Judging criteria: Relevance to the theme – 50% Creativity/Style and Originality – 30% The coherence of form and structure (harmony of words, presentation) – 10% Clarity of imagery and language – 10% => TOTAL – 100%

Entry fee: $5 (

Deadline: 31st January 2021



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

  • Entries may be submitted via Submittable or via email along with PayPal receipt of $5 at

  • (The submission through PayPal is much appreciated since we have to pay a processing fee of $1.24 per submission, therefore we receive exactly $3.76 per submission. You can support our literary community better through PayPal submission. Thank you.)

  • 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 title).

  • Remember one poem per poet.

  • 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.

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

  • Our judges 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 January 2021 on our website and on our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram).



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How long is your process? It takes over 1-2 months to publish a full collection of poetry in book form to include time for authors to work with our editors, and for the process of graphic design, illustrations, book cover, and layout. COVID-19 may cause delays in the publishing process but our team is trying their level best.

On what platforms the book will get published?
The book will get published on and on our website Kindly, note that only the winner will get a free complimentary copy. For more information please write to us at

Please note that submission fees of a minimum amount of USD$5 allow us to offer the winning honorarium and also to offset the cost of publishing and promoting the winning collection. Wingless Dreamer works to supporting the publication of excellent poetry, flash fiction, and short stories collection and supporting 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.


March 26, 2021  |  Wingless Dreamer  |  Announcements

Snowdrops are beautiful flowers. They symbolise innocence, grace and purity; with their delicate and pretty petals. Their strength comes from their ability to reflect the change in seasons. This change can be taken to mean growth that comes with a change in phases, life periods, loss, and grief, but also achievement, success and people. Spring always arrives at the end of winter and snowdrops exist to exemplify this statement. They show that no matter what, there is always a shining beacon of hope at the end of cold frost and darkness.

Poetry brings people together from around the world. People come from a wide-ranging plethora of backgrounds, cultures, families and experiences; however, change is universal. In any way, change is certain and bound to happen. This change embodies the snowdrops present in everyone’s soft and warm hearts, which even if they do not know, always contain hope.

We are very glad to host this contest and receive so many submissions from all around the world. We would like to say thank you to all the poets who’ve participated with us and make this publication successful. Reviewing the submissions,

Wow! Amazing! Mind-blowing! were a few responses made by our judges and editorial team while going through the submissions for our International Winter Poetry Contest. After careful consideration finally, we are ready to announce the winners of this contest.

Cue the confetti. The grand winner of the Wingless Dreamer International Winter Poetry Contest is:


I work as an industrial radiographer for a small family business in the aerospace industry and am also studying Creative Writing with the Oxford University Department for Continued Learning. One of my poems was a finalist in Wingless Dreamer’s Fruits of Our Quarantine Contest. I am an American living with my British husband, Nathan, in the beautiful English Lake District- Ashley

Congratulations Ashley. Our team was awestruck by reading your poem. It’s very well written. We would like to congratulate to the top finalists who gave a huge competition to the winner.


Sally Zakariya’s poetry has appeared in some 75 print and online journals and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Her most recent publication is Muslim Wife (Blue Lyra Press, 2019). She is also the author of The Unknowable Mystery of Other People, Personal Astronomy, When You Escape, Insectomania, and Arithmetic, and other verses, as well as the editor of a poetry anthology, Joys of the Table. Zakariya blogs at  


Nikolai Sergei Razumov is an artist and aspiring writer from the Washington D.C. area. He is currently studying Literature at American University and he runs his own art and photography blog. Nikolai primarily works in the fantasy and horror genres and he hopes to incorporate whimsy into all of his creations.


Wendy Blaxland is an award-winning writer. She has published poetry in Australia, England, the United States and Norway and over 110 books, mainly for children, both fiction and non-fiction. She is also a playwright with over 25 plays produced. Wendy lives surrounded by bush near Sydney. Much of her poetry is inspired by the environment in which she lives. But she is a citizen of the world and is passionate about how poetry can vibrate the heartstrings of its people.


Dale Shank’s fiction and poetry have been published in: Exquisite Corpse, The Healing Muse, The Raw Art Review, Akros Review, Before the Sun, Croton Review, Joint Endeavor, Powder, and the University of Portland Review.


André M. Leveque works in health care and resides in the Pacific Northwest, where technical writing has eclipsed most everything, only recently allowing a little light to shine on some poetic ideas and some short fiction.


Amazing, well-done poets! Poetry brings people together and we’re very glad to host this contest and receive so many submissions all around the world. We would like to say thank you to all the poets who’ve participated with us and make this publication successful.

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