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November 9,  |  2022Wingless Dreamer  |  Contest

Winter Poetry Contest

THEME: WINTER POETRY

 

For this year’s winter edition we are looking for a new definition of the winter season. We want you to share with us prose or poetry that you think is unique, experimental, pure-dead brilliant, and never read before thing. We want you to harness all your potential and dedicate all your efforts to this contest for we are not going to welcome or encourage mediocrity. What are you waiting for? Chop -chop. Unleash your creativity.

PRIZE: USD 50

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%

RULES:

  • 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 the title).

  • Entries can be only associated with the theme of the contest.

  • Poems must be in English.

  • Poems must be the entrant’s original work.

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

Please read our Terms and Conditions here.

Announcements

December 22, 2022  |  Wingless Dreamer  |  Announcements

Christmas Cheerios Winner Announcement

Deck the halls, hang the stockings, light the tree, and sing a Christmas carol. We all know the classic cliches of Christmas that we hear in songs and literature. Is anyone else a little bored of it? Yeah, us too! This is why this year we asked our contributors to come up with their most creative, most innovative, brand-new Christmas poem! After generations of celebrating Christmas in the same old way, our participants shook up the box and have shown us a whole new meaning of this holiday season. We were thoroughly impressed with the freshness of these submissions and found ourselves in awe, incredibly grateful for the creativity and hard work of our community.

This brings us to our next point…

on this auspicious occasion of Christmas 2022, the Wingless Dreamer Publisher would like to take a moment to appreciate all the writers who submitted their literary works to us from all around the world. We thank you all for supporting us from the bottom of our hearts.

Since the beginning, Wingless Dreamer Publisher truly believes in promoting the works of legendary writers who never give up on themselves and with daily practice and consistency have polished their writing skills. We’ve seen many of you grow and we salute the dedication you’ve placed in your work. We always support writers no matter what, and strongly encourage them to keep writing.

Being a small publishing company it’s a great achievement even for us that we made it to another year. Through this international platform, we would like to celebrate the passion of our dedicated writers and the unstoppable commitment they have shown in the field of English Literature.

Without any further ado, this Christmas Eve we are glad to feature selected poems whether they are spiritual or secular, desolate or hopeful, or outcast or communal. Winner or not, today we celebrate poetry.

Let’s cheer up! Beat the drums.

Beat the drums. The winner of the Christmas Poetry Contest 2022 is:

 

SEAN O’NEILL – CHRISTMAS SONG

Sean O’Neill was born in Scotland, but has lived in the USA for the past 15 years. He has had poetry published in a variety of journals including First Things, The Ottawa Literary Review, Living Bulwark, Reformed Journal, Clay Jar Review, The Spirit Fire Review and American Literary. Sean has published 17 collections of poetry and is the author of five novels and four non-fiction books, including the bestselling “How To Write a Poem: A Beginner’s Guide.” He runs the Kolbitars Poetry Group in Lansing, Michigan, USA. (seanoneillwriter.com)

Cue the confetti. The first runner-up is:

SUZANNE S. EATON – EVERY SNOWFLAKE

Suzanne S. Eaton is the mother of six, grandmother of eighteen, great-grandmother of six, and author who shares her “soul carvings” on life, love, and finding JOY while taking damages. She is the recent winner of the Wingless Dreamer “Memories” poetry contest. Her writings have been published online, in magazines, and over 26 anthologies. She is a contributing author to the new book ”Making Peace With Your Pieces.”

Blow the trumpets. The second runner-up is:

OLIVER BROOKS – GINGERBREAD HOUSE, ASSEMBLY REQUIRED

Oliver Brooks is a student at Florida State University and the poetry editor of The Kudzu Review. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cantilevers: Journal of the Arts, Antithesis Journal, BreakBread Magazine, and Beyond Thought Journal. Find him at oliverbrooks.weebly.com or @OBrooksBooks on Twitter.

A huge round of applause for our top finalists:

SANDY JUKER – SO SOON AND ONCE AGAIN

Sandy discovered her passion for writing when she retired in 2019. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, but grew up in central Washington. This poem was written while watching the snow fall and listening to traditional Christmas music.

EMMA WELLS – FESTIVE

Emma is a mother and English teacher. She has poetry published with various literary journals and magazines. She enjoys writing flash fiction and short stories also. Her debut novel, Shelley’s Sisterhood, is due to be published in 2022. 

SAHEED SUNDAY – TELEGRAPH OF A HAPPY BOY AT CHRISTMAS

Saheed Sunday, NGP V, the author of Rewrite The Stars, is a Nigerian writer and a Hilltop Creative Arts Foundation member. He was the 1st runner-up for the Nigerian Prize for Teen Authors, 2021. He has been published or forthcoming in journals and magazines including Shrapnel magazine, Rough Cut Press, Temz Review and others

JOHN MILLER – ANOTHER AUSTERITY CHRISTMAS

Norfolk England-based writer and sculptor Terry Miller honed his writing skills as a creative director for a number of advertising and creative agencies. Lately, a successful game inventor, Terry utilizes his skills to create evocative, funny, and sometimes disturbing poetry. Written in an accessible form, Terry’s poetry is deceptively complex, often tackling topical issues and exploring deep emotional issues. Terry’s poems have featured in several international poetry anthologies and sculptures in several exhibitions.

NEIL RHIND- THREE FIGURES OF SONNETY CLAUSE

Neil Rhind was doctored in Literature from Edinburgh in 2009. His work has been published in The Scottish Literary Review, The International Review of Scottish Studies, and the International Journal of Scottish Literature, and was recently anthologised in Spectral Lines: Poems About Scientists [Alternating Current Press].

We would like to congratulate all the winners and writers who have been selected to get published with us. Congratulations! Well done. You’ve done an incredible job. A big boost of morale from our end. Bravo!

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