About this contest
Literature and Poetry specifically have been a major source of entertainment, knowledge, and expression of emotions since it was first introduced to the world by the Sumerians in the ancient era. This tradition of expression through words is continued even today in full swing where the medieval era has played a humongous role. It does not only gave us a lot of ‘new’ but also presented ancient literature in a new light especially in the form of poems.
Written in Latin, Old English, and some romance languages like Greek, French, Spanish, Italian, & Catalan, the medieval writers majorly focused on religious compositions and included a significant part of secular writings too.
The poem written by these terrific literary artists such as Dante Alighieri, Giovanni Boccaccio, and Geoffrey Chaucer portrays the picture of Earthly life, Inferno (hell), and Paradise (heaven) along with an essence of ‘courtly love’ in their works like The Divine Comedy, A Decameron, and The Canterbury Tales respectively. Simultaneously, the Indian Poets like Amir Khusrau Father of Urdu Literature, Sant Kabir, and Kavi Surdas have also bestowed us with great works about political affairs, relationships, worldly possessions, and Elysian tales. Their works were a huge influence at the beginning of the renaissance period and create an understanding of the world (earth and ether). Many artworks today whether written, graphic or cinematic are all inspired by these literary gems of the medieval period.
Wouldn’t it be magnificent to enter the world where on one hand you see the hard facts of political affairs and war and on the other hand you experience the gentle love & chivalry along with floating in the religious river of thoughts?
Wingless Dreamer brings you all a tremendous shot at giving a chance to your inner artist to write on this theme. We welcome you to open the door of your thoughts and emotions that connect you to the medieval era and its literature. Let your imagination fly and be limitless.
Winning prize: $100
Theme: Medieval times
Deadline: 30th November 2021
Entry fees: Free entry
You can also submit us via Submittable.com/winglessdreamer
Submissions are now open for anyone above 18. We read submissions on a rolling basis. We are not a paying market.
Submit previously unpublished work only. Please do not send us work that has appeared elsewhere on the internet or in print.
Send us no more than one poem, either pasted in the body of an email or in .doc, .docx, .pdf format, preceded by a short-bio (max 150 words). Please include the bio written in the third person.
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If your work is accepted elsewhere please inform us immediately. No multiple submissions are allowed.
December 1, 2021 | Wingless Dreamer | Announcements
The Medieval Era was a time of amazing imagination and storytelling. The rich and diverse poems of the time are still praised to this day. Ranging from ‘Beowulf’ to ‘The song of Roland’, poetry in mediaeval times extensively explored stories of bravery, honour and chivalry. Along with epic poetry, the mediaeval era was also known for its courtly love poetry, which celebrated the ideals of chivalry and romantic love. The poems of the time were a reflection of beauty and the power of love. To this day, these poems continue to captivate readers and are a source of inspiration to many contemporary writers.
In the month of October, Wingless Dreamer Publisher had given a tremendous shot to all the aspiring writers from around the world to express their inner artist and write a poem on the theme, of Medieval. We wanted our poets to open the door of their thoughts and emotions that connect them to the medieval era and its literature. We wanted their imagination to fly and be limitless.
Guess what? In response, we received numerous submissions and many of the poets stood on our expectations and passed with flying colours. Bravo!
Winner or not, we would like to congratulate all the participants who showed their interest in this contest and participated with us. Pleasure is ours. But only some of you made it to our upcoming medieval anthology, Calling the beginning. Without any further ado, let’s announce the winner.
The grand winner of the Wingless Dreamer Medieval Poetry Contest 2021 and winning honorarium of $100 is:
COLIN FULLARTON – A HENPECKED COUNTRY LASSIE
Colin is from East Kilbride who study an apprentice joiner at Cambuslang College. He is self-employed and passionate about writing poems in his spare time. He loves traveling and currently lives in Cathcart along with her Siamese cat and a year old retriever pup.
The first runner-up is:
SARA LANDIS – KING ARTHUR REMEMBERED
The author, Sara Landis, is an award-winning poet who resides in rural Oklahoma. Her hobbies are attempting to befriend squirrels, and inventing peculiar pickle recipes.
The second runner-up is:
PEI WEN – UNPARALLELED
Pei Wen grew up in Taiwan and is based in Singapore. When she is not writing, she can be found watching Chinese dramas or reading ancient Chinese poetry.
A big round of applause for our winners. Cue the confetti for our top finalists.
CHARLIE R. NORTH – BATTERED SECRETS
Charlie R. North grew up in a small town in Montana, where she realized her affinity for poetry. Charlie has since planted her roots in Iowa where she, and her spouse, raise their family. A recent university graduate, she plans to complement her bachelor’s degree in English with a master’s in literature. Her poetic imagery plays on a reader’s emotion, and ambiguous interpretations leave audiences captivated, empathetic, and wanting more.
JOHN DUKES – THE EYES OF RAVENNA
John Dukes lives in rural Pennsylvania with his wife and children. In addition to writing, studying philosophy, history, and theology he is filled with great affection for poetry. His greatest interest lies in reading translations of 18th and 19th-century German poets such as Goethe and Hölderlin as well as 20th-century figures like Borges, Pound, and Rilke. John has held a variety of jobs over the years and has been blessed to live in places as diverse as Alaska, California, South Carolina, and Italy.
MARTHA PATTERSON – YOUR BREATH WAS SOFT
Martha Patterson’s work has been published by Smith & Kraus, Applause Books, the Sheepshead Review, Silver Birch Press, Pioneer Drama Service, Syndrome Magazine, and others. She has degrees from Mt. Holyoke College and Emerson College and lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She loves being surrounded by her books, radio, and laptop.
BRIAN YAPKO – THE SAILOR’S WIFE
Brian Yapko is a lawyer whose poems have appeared in multiple publications, including Prometheus Dreaming, Cagibi, Poetica, Grand Little Things, the Society of Classical Poets, Chained Muse, Tempered Runes, Garfield Lake Review, Sparks of Calliope, Abstract Elephant, and others. His first novel, “El Nuevo Mundo,” will be published in Summer, 2022 by Rebel Satori Press. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his husband, Jerry, and their canine child, Bianca.
FARRAH MACCI – COURTLEY SELF-LOVE
Farrah Macci is a Florida-based mixed-media artist, behavioral health technician, and psychology undergrad from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her goals as an artist and writer are to capture the beauty in the mundane, render the human experience through her creative expressions, and inspire others by inviting them to question themselves and critique the world around them in order to ignite collective growth.
MARIAM AHMED – MISTER-Y VEIL
Mariam Ahmed is a Californian poet who grew up in Folsom, CA, and received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature at UC Davis. She writes micro-poetry and dabbles in surrealist fiction. Mariam is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry at San Diego State University. Recently, she’s had a poetry collection published by the literary journal “The Offending Adam.” Mariam also has poems published in two issues of “Maintenant: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Art and Writing” by Three Rooms Press.
Well done. Last but not the least, please shout out loud to our top contributors who made it to our anthology. Hurrah!