Wingword Poetry Prize 2017

Wingword Poetry Prize has been established  with the aim to recognize written poetic talent of the youth in India. The National Poetry Competition welcomes submissions from anyone between the age group of 15-24 who is an Indian national. We aim to build confidence among beginners and aspiring poets that their poetry has value and can change their lives. 

1st  Prize: INR 1,00,000
2nd Prize: INR 50,000
3rd Prize:  INR 25,000
Top 30 Finalists: INR 10,000

All winning poems will be published in a poetry book by Delhi Poetry Slam. 

We encourage any length and style of poetry.  Entries must be in English. Poems submitted must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you are confirming that the work is your own. The fees to participate in the Wingword Poetry Prize are:

One Poem:  INR 500
Three Poems: INR 1000

The early bird deadline to submit your poems is January 15th 2017.

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Pay the entry fee for the number of poems you wish to submit. You can send us upto three of your best poems. Upon successful payment, you will receive an e-mail with submission form within few hours. 

Why wait, send us your poetry now and take part in India's most biggest poetry competition.

Winners will be notified in April 2017 via e-mail and phone. The names of the winners will be announced on website.

Judging Criteria

We are looking for poems that are expressive, and can make an emotional impact. Inspire us, make us laugh, make us cry, give us an insight into your life through the poetry you send us. We are open to submissions that are traditional forms as well as blank verses. We appreciate diversity and encourage poets to submit works of any style. If you are sending us more than one poem, please do not hesitate to send variations of your poetry.

Q. Are there any restrictions regarding language, content or subject matter?

We do not have any restrictions or preferences. We want to read your unique style of poetry. 

Q. Are pen names allowed?

Pen names are not allowed. Please only send us your legal name. 

Q. Can I use language other than English in my poetry?

No. The judging is done by international poets and thus submissions only in English are accepted. 

Q. I am a beginner. Do I have a chance to win?

Wingword Poetry Prize accepts submissions only from poets in the age group 15-24 is because we want to recognize new and fresh talent. Beginners are encouraged to submit their poetry. Wingword takes pride in providing a platform to beginners and new poets. 

Q. Can I send a previously published poem?

Yes, you can send works that have been previously published. 

Q. What is the maximum number of poems that I can submit?

The maximum number of poems you can submit is three. 

Q. Can I ask the judges to review my work personally?

No personal correspondence with the judges can be entered into. 

Q. Can I pay the entry fee right now and submit my poems at a later time?

Yes. You can submit your poems anytime before the deadline.

Q. What happens once I pay the entry fee? 

When you pay the entry fee, you will receive an e-mail with the submission form within few hours. You can use this to send your poems within the submission period.  

Q. When will the winners be notified?

Winners will be notified in April 2017 via e-mail and phone call. The names of the winners will also be announced on our website. 

Q. Will there be a winning ceremony for Wingword Poetry Prize?

Yes, the winning ceremony will take place in New Delhi. All winners of Wingword Poetry Prize and their families will be invited to attend it. The ceremony will also be attended by newspapers, literary agents and academics. There will be a poetry reading, followed by speeches by several youth winners about their hopes and dreams in pursuing the art of poetry. 

Q. Is it compulsory for a prize winner to attend the winning ceremony to receive the prize?

No. It is not compulsory. Winners who cannot make it to the ceremony will receive the prize money at their home address. 

Q. Is Wingword Poetry Prize sponsored and organized by Delhi Poetry Slam?

Yes. Delhi Poetry Slam established Wingword Poetry Prize as a national poetry competition to recognize the talent among youth who write poetry. Delhi Poetry Slam is proud to bring fame and recognition to deserving poets across India.

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