Wingword Poetry Prize is a national competition that aims to involve youth who write poetry and provide them with prizes worth INR 5,00,000 along with book publication. The young generation has a talent for poetry, in their own unique ways they are expressing themselves everywhere. It is an opportunity for unrecognized teenagers and youth to showcase their talent and creativity at a national pedestal. The competition is sponsored on an annual basis by Delhi Poetry Slam from December to March.
In the first year of the contest, we received 1200 entries from nooks and corners of India. Here is the list of the winners of Wingword Poetry Prize 2017. We congratulate them on this prestigious achievement.
1st Prize Winner: INR 1,00,000
Vancouver Shullai- The Wait
I am thirteen years of ignorance,
Five years of mistakes and three years
Of telling myself not to do them again.
I am Khasi with no Khasi name.
Catholic, with no Catholic name.
I am christened with Imagination,
Watered with Precision
And salted with Detail.
It has been exactly one hour
And thirty six minutes
Since I arrived at the airport
And exactly seventeen minutes
Less of that, that I saw a Maruti 800
With dents and scratches and a family.
I wanted to imagine right away.
To create a personal motion picture
For my mind and my mind, alone:
There was Dada with little Riya
Sitting in the passenger seat next to Rajah ―
Their loyal driver who has a North Indian wife,
Pregnant with their second child.
In the back seat was Anjali, first child
Of Dada, with her son, Ritesh ―
Brother of Riya.
Heading home after a trip to New Delhi
Anjali was only waiting for a hearty lunch.
Riya, just as hungry, was waiting to get away
From her grandfather's sweaty arms.
Rajah was waiting for a phone call,
While Dada was waiting to rest.
Ritesh was fast asleep to wait for anything.
(It was an affair of waiting.)
Dadi waited at home with a warm pot of rice,
Dal, papad, sabji, Italian pasta
And three buckets of bathing water.
In their Japanese-themed living room
Was Anjali's beloved Francis, whose erudition
Included a Master's degree in Psychology
And seven Spanish words, one of which meant window.
He sat and he read a book of a British writer
And waited on his wife and children to return.
The Maruti 800, model 1998, entered the gate ―
The sound of which made Dadi run with joy,
Francis sigh and the papad burn.
2nd Prize: INR 50,000
Debarshi Mitra- Still- New Delhi, Delhi
It seems at this time of the night,
I could bring my neighborhood to a standstill
just by wishing if it were so. Only the street lamps
flicker in nervous anticipation and precisely
at the designated corner, the night watchman
holds up his unfinished cigarette
and sucks time into his lungs. The windows
remain shut, all stray dogs occupy their respective
places in the universe. Not a leaf dares to quiver.
Even the shadow of the thought of you in my bed
refuses to leave.
3rd Prize: INR 25,000
Trijita Mukherjee- Kalyani- New Delhi, Delhi
this is a quiet town.
a town so quiet that
you can hear the sound
of an axe skinning away
at a piece of wood.
the sound of a singular
bell on a hero cycle,
when the cyclist slowly trails
along an even slower road
that leads to the blacksmith's
shop at the end of the road.
the blacksmith's hammer's
a drowsy town.
at 2 o'clock
on an ordinary afternoon
if you walk towards
taposh-da will be
pulling down the shutters
of his grocery store--
has just drained the starch
from an earthen pot
she has boiled rice in
for the last 25 years.
biren-da would be brewing tea
and selling biscuits and other
for the bank officials,
when they step out
for their hour-long
maybe around 5 o'clock
when you are walking
the boy at kamal furniture store
will be sprinkling water
from an old pepsi bottle
on the floors
of the shop--
the afternoon dust will
then settle down,
to a lesser quiet evening.
by the lake, which leads
up to the gates of your
you see amal-dadu sitting
at his doorstep
smoking a biri. .
"kire? kamon achis?
you smile at him
comment on the weather,
and refuse an invitation
to a cup of tea.
"nah.. aaj jai."
you will reach home
open the gates
with the sound of years
of coming and going--
and bags, lost.
you will sit in your room
switch on the fan and
hear the pages of your diary
it is the sound of
the slumbering sadness
of a quiet town
you will know.
Top 30 Prize Winners: INR 10,000
Rohan Naidu- The curd won't form, now that you're gone- Hyderabad, Telangana
Zainab Ummer Farook- Homecoming- Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Ekshikaa S- 21 Barbies And 1 Ken- Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Ananya Ray- Syria- Kolkata, West Bengal
Shruti Shukla- Yes, I shop- Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Jaisal Kapoor- Quarter Life Crisis- Mumbai, Maharashtra
Meghna Chatterjee- A Ride Away From Home- Kolkata, West Bengal
Jash Dholani- All cracks are smiling now- Sonepat, Haryana
Sushruti Tripathi- Nothing is how I feel- New Delhi
Anuradha Rao- Mornings- Bangalore, Karnataka
Sneha Roy- Alfaaz- Sonitpur, Assam
Kaavya Ranjith- Phonecall- Pune, Maharastra, India
Aashika Suresh- Unlearn- Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Aditya Lakshmi Ravichandran- Child of War- Anupuram, Tamil Nadu
Supriya Shekhar Azad- Dearest Society- Jammu & Kashmir
Hiya Mukherjee- Becoming Unbecoming- Kolkata, West Bengal
Bikash Kena- Kintsukuroi- Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh
Aratrika Ghose- An Ode to the Odd Ones- Kolkata, West Bengal
Merab Wangchuk- MONACHOPSIS- Kolkata, West Bengal
Dibyangee Saha- (Un)wisden- Kolkata, West Bengal
Wikim Ajang- Darling Mother- Tirap, Arunachal Pradesh
Saniya Heeba- Abruptly Aware- Roorkee, Uttarakhand
Urvashi Bahuguna- Seeking a well-spoken gallery assistant- Gurgaon, Haryana
Mahika Khanduri- Trauma- New Delhi
Aditya Sharma- Monsoon Musings- Guwahati, Assam
Syed Ali Mudassar- Mother- New Delhi
Eesha Roy- Red is my favourite colour- Pune, Maharashtra
Suveni Madan- Infidelity- New Delhi
Antara Chakraborty- Years in Tea- Kolkata, West Bengal
Priyam Gupta- Thank You Note- Mumbai, India
Upasa Borah- Say Cheese- Guwahati, Assam
Kaushambhi Bagchi- Home- Gurgaon, Haryana
Satyendra Nair- Caustic Wine- Mumbai, Maharashtra
Maulik Dabholkar- Instinct- Mumbai, Maharashtra
Letitia Jiju- Roots- Kottayam, Kerala
Akshay Sharma- Boy- New Delhi
Avantika Chaturvedi- Greens to Greys- New Delhi
Ritika Kapoor- Valkyrie- Pune, Maharashtra
Ambuj Sen Patra- I Know, Nobody Knows- New Delhi
Kavya Jayanthan- Imbroglio- Bangalore, Karnataka
Sakshi Malpath- Stuck- Hyderabad, Telangana
Sreelakshi Sudhakaran- ‘Native is not the same as ‘Innate’- Bangalore, Karnataka
Srushti Shah- Don’t just exist, Live- Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Rajani Bal Nanda- Love Me Now- Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Sohini Mukherjee- Nistha- Kolkata, West Bengal
Nida Rashid- Impending- Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Titas Biswas- Soothe Your Fears (A Letter to My Best Friend)- Kolkata, West Bengal
Shivani Tannu- Tell Me- Aundh, Maharashtra
Rabia Kapoor- We Are The Internet Generation- Mumbai, Maharashtra
Stuti Pachisia- Incense- New Delhi
Vaishnavi Kamath- confessions of a caffeine dependent life form- Bangalore, Karnataka
Niharika Mathur- Numb- Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Fathima Zaina Fazal Mohamed- Honey, Wake Up!- Chennai, TN
Akshita Gupta- Marji's Song- Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Akanksha Varma- Received- Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
Urvashi Mukherjee- Aatish-e-Tanhai- Kolkata, West Bengal
Aarushi Gupta- Taxi Trips- Mumbai, Maharashtra
Tanisha Nag- Homeless- New Delhi
Chitrika Bhargava- Solace in Imperfections- New Delhi
Harismita Vaideswaran- Ignorance- Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Trisha Coelho- With You- Kolkata, West Bengal
Shrutee Choudhary- Remnant of You- Ranchi, Jharkhand
Prerona Dutta- The Infinite Hourglass- Kolkata, West Bengal
Nandini Varma- Death is Not A Lonely Visitor- Mumbai, Maharashtra
Moushmi Mehta- Of Better Seconds- Mumbai, Maharashtra
Shlagha Chaubey- Looking Up- Mumbai, Maharashtra
Zeneeva Parvez- Dear Everyone- Kolkata, West Bengal
Lusha Jetley- #NotAllMen- New Delhi
Shivani Bindhyeshwari- One Sip- Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Rajeshwari Dasgupta- Five (More) Ways to Kill A Man- Kolkata, West Bengal
Alisha Bhupen- Semantic of Being Dead- Guwahati, Assam
Debarshi Mitra- English- New Delhi
Harshitha Swarna- Vitiligo- Mysore, Karnataka
Poulomi Roy- Assimilate- Pune, Maharashtra
Akanksha Duvedi- Anxious- Panchkula, Haryana
Rukhsar Khan- Rebel- Mumbai, Maharashtra
Subhashini Verma- Shapeless- Jalandhar, Punjab
Meghna Bhattacharyya- To Mum & Dad, From Your Perfect Daughter- Guwahati, Assam
Ankita Shah- Borders- Mumbai, Maharashtra
Mehr Pasricha- What is it About Babies?- New Delhi
Devanjali Banerjee- I Want The World To Change- Kolkata, West Bengal
Sanjana Srikumar- Musical Silences- New Delhi
Shreya Rach- A Rebellious Act- Mumbai, Maharashtra
Farah Maneckshaw- An Emotional Faucet With A Permanent Leak- Mumbai, Maharashtra
Aishwarya Sahi- Notebook Poems- Patna, Bihar
Ranu Kunwar- Suicides and Fire Burns- New Delhi
Syed Adil Husain- Momentary- Bharanpur, Madhya Pradesh
Devapreeta Jena- A Friendly Foe- World We Inhabit- New Delhi
Guntaj Arora- For My Sister- Chandigarh, Punjab
Ashwita Angeline Ashok- As We Walk- Trivandrum, Kerala
Saheli Ray- Why do they sing you 'Goodbye', Grandma?- Kolkata, West Bengal
Sihi Nagathihalli- On My Grandmother- Bangalore, Karnataka
Satyaki Mitra- Deserters- Kolkata, West Bengal
Rithvika Puttabakula- #SocialNetwork- Hyderabad, Telangana
Samriddhi Pandey- Coming up for Air- Mumbai, Maharashtra
Sneha Rozelena Anthony- Swings and Ice-Cream- Kolkata, West Bengal
Rohan Naidu- Chopstick Fumble at Hawker Centre- Hyderabad, Telangana
Divya Karthikeyan- Abrus Precatariuos- Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Aakanksha Majumder- Your Warmth- Mumbai, Maharashtra
Tania Mitra- Abandonment- Kolkata, West Bengal
Farzana Palathingal- There Were No Lessons In School For Days Like These- Manipal, Karnataka
Kajol Runwal- Kitchen Women- Pune, Maharashtra
Apurva Shelke- To Be- Nashik, Maharashtra
Gayatri Hariharan- The Great Weight- Bangalore, Karnataka
Haalah Shaikh- The Nomad- Mumbai, Maharashtra
Sonal Sharma- Shame- New Delhi
Jelsyna Chacko- One word less, one idea unexpressed- Pune, Maharashtra
Divya Sruthi Alamuri- Maps- Hyderabad, Telangana
Sobulemla Pongener- Lavender- Kohima, Nagaland
Dhruv Trehan- Onomatopoeia- Gurgaon, Haryana
Niharrika Singh- Protest Art- Mumbai, Maharashtra
Anees Ailynti Noronha- May- Shillong, Meghalaya
Riya Dey- Depression- Kolkata, West Bengal
Sameera Pant- The Love Song of a Sixteen Year Old Spinster- Gurgaon, Haryana
Archita Mitra- Menstruation- Kolkata, West Bengal
Harish Pedaprolu- The Bajji-Wala- Mumbai, Maharashtra
Thanisha Santhosh- Roses and Bristles- Bangalore, Karnataka
Fengkha Daimari- The Faith- Bhoi, Meghalaya
Poonam Ratha- Borderlines- Rourkela, Odisha
Shrenik Mutha- Your Death is a Lachrymal to Your Mother's Tears- Pune, Maharashtra
Yashodhara Trivedi- Between Continents- Kolkata, West Bengal
Shivani Gupta- Dear Girl From Pakistan- Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Nilesh Mondal- Delhi: 6 Poems And A Farewell- Asansol, West Bengal
Vidit Taneja- The Dark- New Delhi
Donita Ningombam- The Dragonfly- Imphal, Manipur
Sushmitha Arji- 20- Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Kampheriu Diengdoh- A Lost Voyager- Shillong, Meghalaya
Keval Jadwani- I Killed A Dream- Jamnagar, Gujarat
Shradha Mehta- Men- Gaya, Bihar
Drishika Muthanna- Language of Silence- Bangalore, Karnataka
All winners and commendable mentions will be contacted personally in May. Winners will also be offered book publication by Delhi Poetry Slam.