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July 11, 2022  |  Wingless Dreamer  |  Contest

Wingless Dreamer Publisher is happy to announce a new poetry contest for you. We have decided to conduct an ‘Open theme’ contest for our aspiring participants. Yes, you heard us right! You’re limitless. Harness your creativity and explore your capabilities. Embrace the ideology of being yourself that’s more than enough. You’re unbound and uncaged. Send us your best of best works. Let the poetry flow. All the best.

Judging criteria:


Uniqueness – 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%


  • All entries are judged anonymously and the poet’s name must not appear on the poem itself.

  • All poems must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length (excluding title). Entries can be on any subject.

  • Poems must be in English.

  • All the participants must be 18+ years old or above.

  • Poems must be the entrant’s original work.

  • Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on a website, or made public on social media, broadcast, or featured among the winners in another competition before 31 January 2022.


August 11, 2022  |  Wingless Dreamer  |  Announcements

Poetry is a beautiful and evocative way to express one’s thoughts and emotions in the form of words. This Midsummer’s Eve we conducted an Open theme-based poetry contest where we receive some amazing poems from all around the world that can influence a person’s soul and tap into one’s imagination and creativity; creating a sense of cadence.

Poetry is filled with nuggets of symbolism and imaginative thought-provoking ideas. It has no bounds and limits and allows the writer to be their authentic true self. Wingless Dreamer Organization celebrates and appreciates newfound inventive and imaginative poets. Our organization allows the writers complete creative control allowing their thoughts to run wild resulting in the creation of beautiful pieces of literature. Winner or not, today we celebrate poetry.

“Learn to lose and it will teach you how winning works”-Noor Unnahar

Without any further ado, let’s announce the winners.

Blow the trumpet. The grand winner of the Wingless Dreamer Midsummer’s Eve Poetry Contest 2022 is:


Adam Willis is Sophomore biology and creative writing double major at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. His poetry has been published in two literary journals in the Columbus area: Quiz & Quill and Flip the Page. His work focuses on personal identity and the abstractness of human emotion.


Beat the drums. The first runner-up is:


Scott Kent is an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He studied Environmental Science at Blue Ridge Community College from 2004 to 2010 and decided to go back to undergraduate school at age 45. Kent is a naturalist, a poet, and is currently working on a new fiction novel, a metaphysical collection of poetry as well as a nonfiction work based on self and the ego. Kent is currently a sophomore and is working on his Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He is also working on a minor in Philosophy and is a member of the Philosophy Club at UNCA. Kent has a 4.0 GPA and was awarded the UNCA Asheville Talent Scholarship in 2022. Kent also has a website and blog where he publishes his spiritual and philosophical views on life called, Axiom of a Species.

Cue the confetti. The second runner-up is:


Alex Stanley is a graduate of Boston College, and he received his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of California, Irvine. He is a former sports journalist, and his sports writing has been featured in Sports Illustrated. His published poems have appeared in American Poets Magazine, the HCE Review, Helix Magazine, Sunspot Literary Journal, RockPaperPoem, Duck Lake Journal, The Write Launch and the Doozine. He is a recipient of the 2021 Academy of American Poets Award. He resides in Costa Mesa, CA.

A big round of applause for our top finalists:


Andy Betz has tutored and taught in excess of 40 years. He lives in 1974 and has been married for 29 years. His works are found everywhere a search engine operates.


Mary McColley is a writer and poet originally from Maine. She lived and wandered around Paris, France for a number of years, and is working at the moment in Thailand. Mary is fascinated by languages and migrations; she loves running, art, and the sea. Her work has appeared in the Paris/Atlantic literary journal, Maine Magazine, multiple anthologies of the Telling Room, and on public radio broadcasts. She authored the mystery novel A Wrinkle in Crime and occasionally boils lobsters.


Le Hang (full name is Le Thi Le Hang, born in 1988) is a free artist who is passionate about poetry and visual arts. She currently lives in Central Vietnam. Her first book was an epic called The Nursery of Light. She is a winning author for The Work of The Year 2021 for poetry and short story in two renowned Vietnamese literature magazines. She published some of her first books in Vietnamese and English. Currently, she wants to explore creative writing with more genres and has finished the Creative Writing Specification offered by Wesleyan University in 2022. She always searches for a way to express the world in her eyes. Her poetry is her heart, mind, and soul. My blog: My Facebook:


Tobi Brun is a writer, reader, and Creative Writing teacher based out of Dayton, Ohio. Tobi is a recent graduate from Wright State University with a BA in English, Creative Writing. Tobi is currently working on their second novel, entitled “The Death of God”.


Teniola “Tenney” Balogun is a poet and student of kinesiology. Tenney has been featured in poetry magazines including The Bridge Magazine, PIN magazine, and Wingless Dreamer. She perceives poetry as a realm of personal sanity and is an admirer of Edgar Alan Poe.


A Cincinnati native and avid nature-lover, Carolyn Kesterman’s fiction has appeared in four literary magazines, including Issue 49 of the Notre Dame Review and the 2020 Issue of pacificReview. Most of her work centers around the theme of healing, especially when found within the wild world. She is currently querying agents for her first novel and drafting a second.


Casey Catherine Moore is a bipolar, bisexual writer, editor, educator, and activist. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of South Carolina with a focus on Classics, Latin poetry, women’s and gender studies, and queer theory. Casey’s work, which centers on gender, sexuality, and dis/ability, can be found in academic and creative publications including Sinister Wisdom, The Comparatist, and You Might Need to Hear This. She co-produces and co-hosts Homo Stanzas: A Spoken Word Extravaganza of Comedy and Poetry with Regie Cabico and has been a featured poet for Busboys & Poets, The Nail Salon at St. Vincent Wine, Capturing Fire, and the 2022 March for Medicare for All Rally in Washington, DC.

A big shout out to all the poets who made it to our anthology. Three cheers for all our contributors.

Hip Hip Hurray! Hip Hip Hurray! Hip Hip Hurray!

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