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March 13, 2022  |  Wingless Dreamer  |  Contest

Theme:

 

For our April anthology, we are looking for creative writing submissions that can motivate us, make us think, or even bring hope to our lives. The theme for our next anthology is ‘Still I rise‘. We want to compile world-class writings that can spur our readers to achieve great things, motivate them to produce masterpieces, or encourage them to be ambitious. You can write about your personal experience or anything based on your interpretation of the theme. Let’s spread some positivity and inspire others through our writing.

You can either submit a poem (max. 40 lines) or a short story (word limit: 500 words) for this contest.

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%

Reward:

The certificates will be provided to the winner and top finalists. All the selected participants’ poems will get published in our upcoming April anthology which will be available on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Nobles, and Walmart among other reading platforms. All the published contributors’ names will be mentioned on our website.

Rules:

  • 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 40 lines (excluding title).

  • The word limit for short-story is 500 words.

  • Remember one poem submission per contest.

  • 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.

  • Send us your bio (max 150 words) in the third person.

  • Our judges will read all entries.

  • 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.

Announcements

May 1, 2022  |  Wingless Dreamer  |  Announcements

“Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.” -Maya Angelou

To not lose hope, to stay inspired and to gain exposure, Wingless Dreamer publisher conducted a Motivational Writing Contest 2022. We wanted our writers to have fun while writing, to feel passionate and be as creative as they can be! It was really hard for us to choose the winners. After a rigorous process, we have handpicked the best submissions. These write-ups offer a breath of fresh perspective on all aspects of life.

If you feel a little low on life, pick up this book, feel our spirit and sing- Still I Rise!

Now it’s time to announce our winners. Hold your breath, the winners of the Wingless Dreamer Motivational Poetry Contest 2022 are:

CLAUDINE CARMEL – SHINE

Claudine Carmel is an artist, illustrator and author; receiving Kirkus Stars and best book of the year 2014 & 2015 for her first two children’s books. After studying film production and screenwriting for over a decade her writing spans many genres and formats, including children’s books, novels and screenplays. Claudine grew up in a seaside town on the south coast of England, and currently lives with her Boston Terrier on an island in the Pacific Northwest. @claudinecarmelartist

Beat the drums for the first runner-up:

THEO DANIEL – TECHNICOLOR PULSE

Theo Daniel is an author and poet living in Clearwater, FL. Theo’s work has been published in several literary magazines including previous publication in Wingless Dreamer’s “Breath of Love” anthology. Most recently, Theo published his first collection of poetry entitled “Natural Occurrences (And All Things Thereafter)”. The collection of poetry is available on Amazon.

A big round of applause for our second runner-up:

MANDY SMITH – STILL I RISE

Mandy Smith resides in Florida and enjoys creative writing. She has recently published her work in several poetry anthologies, in the past year. With a Dual Master’s degree, she currently works in Education, assisting others with career choices and life goals.

Cue the confetti for our top finalists:

ANDY BETZ – ENTER ALL WHO COME TO THIS PLACE

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.

PAUL GLENN – THE MELODY OF MALADY

Paul Glenn was born and raised in Pasadena, California. His poems have appeared in Prevention at the Intersections, Open: Journal of Arts and Letters, and The Poetry Box.

SHANNON ACREY – SEEDS OF TOMORROW

Shannon Acrey, from Indiana, holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and an A.S. in Radiography (X-Ray). She worked 10+ years in the medical field, but at beginning of her eldest child’s new school year, decided to put her dusty education degree to good use by becoming a stay-at-home mom and help her daughter with eLearning. This allowed Shannon to have some freedom and time to decide she wanted a career change. She is currently studying to become a Reiki Level 2 practitioner. Shannon is a Jackie-of-all-Trades, loves learning new skills, and spending time with her husband and daughters.

CASSIE PREMO STEELE – I SEE THREE CROWS FLYING

Cassie Premo Steele is a lesbian, ecofeminist, mother, poet, novelist, and essayist whose writing focuses on the themes of trauma, healing, creativity, mindfulness and the environment.

SHIELA DENISE SCOTT – MOUNTAINS MOLEHILLS

Shiela Denise Scott, poet with an earned Creative Writing for Entertainment Bachelor of Fine Arts degree has published multiple times in anthologies, magazines and blogs. Her words delve into the image of the art connoisseurs. Follow her on Facebook at Poet Shiela Scott or Shiela Denise Scott

OSKAR LEONARD – 18TH BIRTHDAY

Oskar Leonard is a trans author, poet, and illustrator from the UK, as well as a senior creative writer at TUGZ Magazine. He has written nine books: four novels, three poetry collections, a short story collection, and a novella. His short works have been featured in publications such as Adoxography Literary Magazine, The Bibliopunk Lit Zine, and Juven. He is studying for a BA in English Literature with Creative Writing at Edge Hill University.

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