While some poems are born of life’s most attention-grabbing events, others can be inspired by quiet, easy-to-overlook moments such as the dawn of the day. Through this poetry contest, we ask you to pay close attention to all the little moments that might otherwise be missed. Write a poem on the theme below:
Theme: The dawn of the day
Entry fees: $5
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Submit previously unpublished work only.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 ’The Dawn of the day’ on your subject line if you’re sending your submission via email i.e., firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
August 19, 2022 | Wingless Dreamer | Announcements
There’s no doubt that we all love the exhilarating view of the crack of dawn slowly fading away the darkness. There is a silver lining with every sunrise that unfolds with an amber glow. Based on different perspectives one can say that the dawn of the day represents hope, new beginnings, a clear conscience, celebration, or cherishing life. While some poems capture the enticing adrenaline rush felt in the most prominent- life-changing events, others tend to cherish the tranquil moments in life.
Keeping that into consideration Wingless Dreamer conducted a theme-based contest named Dawn of the day poetry in July 2021. We asked our participants to pay close attention to all the little moments that are easy to overlook such as the dawn of the day and write a poem on them. To our surprise, we received so many fascinating, and marvellous poems from all around the world that it was quite hard for our judges to conclude. Before announcing the winner, we would like to appreciate all the participants for their work and encourage them to keep on writing. Winner or not, in the end, the only thing that matters the most is your passion for writing.
Without any further adieu, let’s make a toast to the grand winner of the Dawn of the day poetry contest 2021:
VALERIE SOPHER – MAKE THE WORLD COME TO YOU
Valerie Sopher found her poetic voice while sheltering in place. She is grateful to these journals
for publishing her poems: Wingless Dreamer (Shakespeare of today), SLANT, Prometheus
Dreaming, and Canary. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
And here are our top finalists whose works left our judging panelists and editors speechless. Well done!
KATRINA KAYE – AUGUST AFTERNOON
Katrina Kaye is a writer and educator living in Albuquerque, NM. She is seeking an audience for her ever-growing surplus of poetic meanderings. She hoards her published writing on her website: ironandsulfur.com. She is grateful to anyone who reads her work and is in awe of those willing to share it.
SPENCER DAVIS – DEPRESSANT YOU ON WHEATBELT ROADS
Spencer Davis is an emerging Western Australian poet who works at a secondary private school as Head of English. His work has previously featured in Cottonmouth, TROVE, and The Vital Sparks, among other online publication spaces. He is currently interested in the impact of using parenthetical elements in poetry and counts Whitman, Auden, and Kingsolver as his primary influences.
BREE LETO – PATHS OF MYSTERY
Bree Leto is an Australian poet who writes to connect with the hearts of people and give their secrets a voice. She has a propensity for whimsy, exploring hidden desires and buried emotions. Bree recently self-published her debuted poetry book, All Our Secrets and has been published in a number of anthologies and online literary journals including: League of Poets, Spillwords Press, Sad Girls Club Lit, City Limits Publishing, Poets’ Choice and PureHaiku. Enjoy more of her work at www.secretthoughtswithin.com or on IG: @secretthoughtswithin
PRATEEKSHA JOSHI – UNDULATING BEAUTY
Prateeksha Joshi is an amateur writer from India. She majored in English Literature at the University of Delhi. She lives across the country and has a dog named Pudgy. She also loves singing and writing songs.
V S BALAKRISHNAN – THE MISSED OPPORTUNITY
V S Balakrishnan is a BA English graduate writing from Tamil Nadu, India. He is 30 years old. He is fond of writing poems right from his school days and he writes in both English and his mother-tongue Tamil and has self-published a poetry chapbook in both. His works have appeared in Pif Magazine, Better than Starbucks Magazine, Plants and Poetry Journal, Poets Choice, Castello Duino Poesia, The Wire’s Dream Magazine, Coffee People Zine, Unstamatic Magazine, and Dissident Voice. Besides writing, he is also interested in gardening and painting as well.
OLIVIA LEE STOGNER – SILVER SPLINTERS
Olivia Lee is a poet, novelist, playwright, and English professor. She has published two novels. Her poetry has been published by Writing for Peace-DoveTales, Sonnets for Shakespeare, Haunted Waters Press, Wild Roof Journal, Underwood Press, and the Closed Eye Open, among others. Her play, In Emma’s Rendell Attic, had a pre-pandemic stage reading and was well received. She is committed to social justice work and supporting Fair Trade companies. She enjoys traveling, books, art, listening to music, walking in the woods, and spending time with her sister, Suzie, and their two dogs, George MacDonald and Keeper. Connect: instagram@ladyolivialee
CHARLES YAW NYAME NEWTON- POMAA
Charles Yaw Nyame Newton is a TEFL teacher who enjoys writing screenplays, short stories, and poetry. When he’s not writing, he’s probably playing the piano.
Last but not the least, beat the drums for our contributors of Dawn of the day poetry book: