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September 21, 2021  |  Wingless Dreamer  |  Contest

Wingless Dreamer presents a dark poetry contest named The book of the black. Though poetry can be full of light and laughter, it can also capture sorrow, pain, and the fragility of life. In the best cases, these dark poems give us catharsis. They verbalize the shattered mirror through which we occasionally catch glimpses of our world. It doesn’t necessarily have to be creepy or soul-wrenching. Use your imagination. Send us the best of best work. Maybe it’s your time to share your dark poetry with us.

Theme: Dark poems

Entry fees: $5

Deadline: 30th Sept’2021


  • Submissions are now open. 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  • Submit previously unpublished work only.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.

  • Please indicate ’Contest_name’ on your subject line if you’re sending your submission via email i.e.,

  • If your work is accepted elsewhere please inform us immediately. No multiple submissions are allowed.

The winner will be announced in the month of September 2021 on our website. All the selected submissions will be published in our upcoming anthology which will be available on Amazon, Goodreads, and Lulu among other 14 marketplaces. The winner and finalists will get a certificate of appreciation. All the best.


October 20, 2021  |  Wingless Dreamer  |  Announcements

The book of black: “Where there is light, there must be shadow, and where there is shadow, there must be light.” Isn’t it true? It aptly reflects the deep horizon of both worlds- the light and the dark. Channelling your experiences and observations into a form of art is itself an eternal beauty and beholds a sense of gloom in it. For some, it is a fascination to romanticize dark emotions like pain or blackness like death while for others, it is a cathartic journey of morbid thoughts. What is common for all is the wide-spectrum dark poetry presents to a writer and a reader to explore plus process the darkness without inhibitions.


After Visual Art, Poetry has proven to be the best form of therapy. It regulates our emotional intelligence and strikes a balance between positive and negative emotions to promote a well-balanced lifestyle. Wingless Dreamer treasures the responses from all our participants and is gleeful to announce the winner of “The book of black poetry contest 2021.”

The grand winner is:


Christine Owens is an art curriculum developer and instructor at Murphy Learning Center in Texas. She is a member of SCBWI, the Mockingbird Poetry Society, and the Poetry Society of Texas. She won the 2nd place award in the 49th annual Collin County poetry competition in 2020, and the 3rd place award in the 50th annual Collin County poetry competition in 2021. Her poem “Corroded Voices” was published in A Tribute to Lord Byron, a poetry collection by Wingless Dreamer in 2021.

The first runner-up is:


Nick Gilley is “an Artist, more or less”. A modern Renaissance man and “capital ‘r’ Romantic”, Nick is a multi-form artist, actor, and writer from the woods of East Texas. An avid reader and performer since birth, Mr. Gilley went on to be a graduate of the University of North Texas, now represented for Film, Television, and Audio work as a Voice and Screen Actor by the Mary Collins Agency of Dallas. Gilley’s artwork (spanning acrylic and spray paint pieces to sculptures and mixed media creations) has been featured in several galleries shows near his home in the Austin area, self-described as “Atmospheric, Emotional, and Honest”. In addition to writing poetry, Gilley is a screenwriter, playwright, lyricist, audiobook narrator, designer, physical performer, published editorial and fashion model, and more. He strives to create works that make the audience think, no matter the medium. He is thankful for his partner and muse, Elysia.

It’s a tie. We have two participants in the second runner-up position:


Deryck N. Robertson lives and creates in Peterborough, Ontario where he is an elementary teacher. His work has appeared recently or forthcoming with The Minison Project, The Quarantine Review, and Green Ink Press. He can usually be found in Algonquin Park with his family of paddlers, drinking a maple roast coffee, or thinking about practicing his trombone. His latest self-published zine is in a holding pattern somewhere above.


Brian Yapko is a lawyer in three states. His poems have appeared in Prometheus Dreaming, Tofu Ink, K’in Literary Journal, Sparks of Calliope, Wingless Dreamer, Gyroscope, Cagibi, Penumbra, the Society of Classical Poets, Grand Little Things, Chained Muse, Abstract Elephant, Poetica, and a number of other publications. He has also published two children’s plays and is currently completing his first science fiction novel. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his husband, Jerry, and their canine child, Bianca.

Congratulations! You’ve all done an amazing job. Well done.

Cue the confetti for our top finalists:


Kelly Cooperrider is a senior Electrical Engineering student at a small university in southeastern Pennsylvania. Primarily a fiction writer, Kelly firmly believes life is better with magic. Her current goals include graduating and getting published.


Echo Quinn is an author and mom of three. She enjoys reading, art, and spending time with her family.


Samantha Wright lives in Washington state with her husband. She graduated from Western Washington University, and her poetry has been featured by Moonstone Arts Center, Welter magazine, The Showbear Family Circus, Cathexis Northwest, MIgnolo Arts, Beyond Words, Halcyone/her words, Wingless Dreamer (!) and forthcoming in other formats. Be sure to look for her first chapbook being published by Moonstone Arts Center.


Jennifer’s affinity for writing poetry sprouted like a wildflower when she was just a young girl. As an adult, Jennifer has lived a life full of love, heartache, and grief that allow her to continuously write such emotional evocations that pour down directly from her heart. It is her belief that a person need only have one experience, one love, one memory, to write a lifetime of poetry about.


Abdulmueed Balogun is a Nigerian Poet and an undergraduate at the University of Ibadan. He is a 2021 HUES Foundation Scholar, a Poetry Editor at The Global Youth Review, and was the runner-up in the Reform Naija Writing Contest- “FREEWILL” in November 2020. He was longlisted for the 2021 Ebarcee-Prize and shortlisted for the Brigitte Poirson Poetry Contest (BBPC) February/March 2021. His poems have been published/are forthcoming in Avalon Literary Review, JMWW Journal, Ligeia Magazine, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, The Incandescent Review, The Remnant Archive, Subnivean Magazine, and elsewhere. He tweets from AbdmueedA

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