The ‘Wicked Young Writers Poetry Competition’ offered by Wingless Dreamer is open to young poets/students between 16-19 years of age from all around the world. The competition is judged anonymously by a panel of judges. The competition is free to enter and offers a top prize of $100 USD intended for investment in further study of poetry and literature. To read more about our Wingless Dreamer Community.
RULES & HOW TO ENTER
Entries for the Wicked Young Writers Poetry Prize 2021 are now closed. There is no designated theme for the contest.
Entries must be written in English, and be no more than 20 lines in length.
Entrants must be at least 16 years of age, and under 19 years of age, on 1 March 2021.
Each entrant may submit only one poem.
Poems with joint authorship are ineligible.
Each poem must be the entrant’s own work: it must not incorporate poetry by others without acknowledgment and (where appropriate) citation, and it must not include substantial elements (phrases, lines, or larger blocks of composition) that have been suggested or authored by others engaged in providing specific editorial advice to the entrant.
Poems must not have been previously published, broadcast, or submitted to another competition.
Names and addresses must not be included with the text of the poem, since entries are judged anonymously.
The closing date for entries is noon on 30th November 2020. Entries entered afternoon will not be considered by the judges.
The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning this decision.
The copyright of each poem remains with the author.
The competition is not open to family members or close relatives of employees of Wingless Dreamer.
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It takes over 1-2 months to publish a full collection of poetry in book form including time for authors to work with our editors, and for the process of graphic design, illustrations, book cover, and layout. COVID-19 may cause delays in the publishing process but our team is trying its best.
On what platforms the book will get published? The book will get published on Amazon.com and on our website Winglessdreamer.com. Kindly, note that only the winner will get a free complimentary copy. For more information please write to us at email@example.com
Please note that submission fees of a minimum amount of USD$5 allow us to offer the winning honorarium and also to offset the cost of publishing and promoting the winning collection. Wingless Dreamer works to supporting the publication of excellent poetry, flash fiction, and short stories collection and supporting our mission to bring the highest quality literature into the world. All submissions will be carefully read, reviewed, and considered for this prestigious prize. Thank you for your understanding.
February 28, 2021 | Wingless Dreamer | Announcements
Poetry is first and foremost, a medium of creative expression. Every poet, from when they pick up their pens, knows that they are weaving their latent creativity, thoughts reflecting emotions and a need to express into the pages penned by their work. As such, poetry without any required theme could best evoke raw creativity, originality and deeply true expression in the hearts of poets.
Wingless Dreamer Publisher had decided to invite brave and bold poets between the young ages of 16 to 19 to unleash their untainted creativity and show the best they can do with the least amount of constraint on their expression and art.
Before we announce the winner, we would like to place an enormous thanks to everyone who submitted. Thank you for your efforts in submitting original, amazing works that would inevitably help you in one way or the other. We also thank you for your patience while we reviewed all the extraordinary poems that formed a pool of raw talent that we had to quite carefully assort from.
Finally, the wait is over. Wingless Dreamer is very pleased to announce the wicked genius who showed us with their wits, virtues and valour, what it means to be a poet!
A big round of applause to the first winner of the contest and winning honorarium of $100:
AMY J. LUTY – THE HALLOW
Amy J. Luty is a Vancouver, Canada-based writer currently in high school who enjoys crafting poetry, short stories, and novels. Her short stories have been published twice as part of the Tri-City News’ annual Scary Story Contest.
Also, we would like to randomly give a young and aspiring poet, an Amazon gift voucher worth $100 to support the publication of excellent poetry, flash fiction, and short stories collection and our mission to bring the highest quality literature into the world. Congratulations to:
EMALYNE HUBBARD – THE HAIR TIE
Emalyne Hubbard is a junior at Sullivan Central High School in East Tennessee.
Also, we would like to highly appreciate to the top finalists:
RHA ARAYAL- PAPER GODS
Rha Arayal, 16 (she/her) is a fresh, unique emerging poet. she is of British Nepalese ethnicity and lives in South Wales. she started by establishing a growing Instagram poetry page, @encapsulated_emotions and never looked back. Now, she’s fallen in love with prose and always has a fountain pen and notebook by her side.
OSKAR LEONARD- THE DANCE OF THE RATS
Oskar Leonard is a transgender teenager writer from the UK. He has self-published six books, two being poetry anthologies, and his short works have been featured in publications such as FOURALL Magazine and All Ears India. His work is inspired by personal struggles and the interesting world he sees around him, both human and natural.
EMILY BORNSTEIN – THERE ARE PLANTS IN MY KITCHEN
Emily Bornstein is a senior in high school from Long Island, New York. She is presently the editor-in-chief of her high school’s literary magazine and the school newspaper. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Packingtown Review, The Lascaux Review, Cathexis Northwest Press, BoomerLitMag, and Steam Ticket.
LAJWARD ZAHRA- ELEGY FOR THE GIRL I WAS
Lajward Zahra is a sixteen-year-old aspiring writer. She writes the short stories focusing on narratives from the first-person point of view and confessional poetry. She draws on her experiences as an immigrant woman of color and about the turbulence of being a teenager in a world that feels like its ending. She won second place in the El Paso Public Library Poetry contest last year for a piece titled ‘I am ashes’. Additionally, she recently got accepted for publication of Summer 2020 Anthology of ‘Poetic Power- Celebrating Poetry’ for a piece titled “All the Things I Didn’t Say”.
ARIANA DUCKETT – GHOST
Ariana Duckett is a sixteen-year-old from Northern California. She has been writing for five or so years and have enjoyed every second of it. If not writing, she enjoys biking, baking, reading and being outdoors.
JACK RIETVELT- LAST SUPPER
Born out of exhaustion from that feeling of learning how to be content with mistreatment.
VANESSA HERNANDEZ – FOREST GREEN
Vanessa Hernandez is a Junior at Toledo School for the Arts. When she is not writing, she is dancing as the assistant director for a Mexican Folk dance group in Toledo, El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folklorico.
GRACE ANDERSON- TONIGHT I AM GOING TO SET THE KETTLE ON THE WINDOWSILL
Grace Anderson is a writer native to the Pittsburgh area, spending her free time either writing or at the Carnegie Science Centre. She enjoys taking her dog on lengthy walks and baking with her family.
GRACE SHEARER- A FAREWELL TO THE DOCKLEAF DAYS
Gracie Shearer is nineteen years old and writing from Scotland (where it’s too rainy to do much else). She also enjoys stage lighting and wandering about the hills
Last but not the least, congratulations to the talented and emerging poets who got selected to publish with us in our upcoming issue, Wicked Young Writer’s Poetry Collection.