Wingword Poetry Competition


Dear Aspiring Poet,

Wingword Poetry Competition is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring poets to showcase their talents and creativity. If you have a vigorous zeal for weaving words, this is the right platform for you.

We push our participants to think beyond the ordinary, expand their horizons and passion for writing. Selected poems showcase a fresh and authentic composition, brimming with a vitality of inventive surprises. The poems should have the ability to make us pause and reflect, smile, laugh or even cry. All themes are allowed- family, love, heartbreak, society, history or intricate observations on day-to-day life. It’s your imagination, so let it run wild!


Wingword Poetry Prize distributes a cumulative sum of ₹ 5,00,000 and book publication to our winners.

Main Category

Persons who write in English are welcome to enter the main category of the competition. The prizes are as follows:

First prize is ₹ 50,000 and book publication, second prize ₹ 25,000 and third prize ₹ 15,000. The top 20 winners receive ₹ 10,000 each.

Winners and 100 commendable mentions will be published in Wingword’s annual anthology.

Regional Languages Category

Persons who write in Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Malyalam, Tamil, Odia and Gujarati are welcome to enter the Regional Languages Poetry Competition. The prizes in this category are as follows:

First prize is ₹ 30,000, second prize ₹ 20,000 and third prize ₹ 15,000. The top 10 winners receive ₹ 7,500 each. Winners will be published in Wingword’s annual anthology.


  1. The competition is open to anyone who is 14 years old and above.
  2. You must be an Indian national or a person of Indian origin to enter the competition.
  3. Poem must be originally written by you.
  4. Any topic and style of poetry is accepted.
  5. Poem should be no longer than 60 lines.
  6. Your writing can be in any of the following languages: English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Assamese, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Malyalam, Tamil, Odia or Gujarati.
  7. Previously published poems are allowed.
  8. We encourage beginners to participate. Your writing speaks for itself- if it’s meritorious, your work will be selected!
  9. Entry Fee is INR 500 for one poem, INR 1000 for three poems, INR 1500 for five poems and INR 2500 for ten poems.
  10. You are allowed to submit as many poems as you like by paying the respective entry fee.
  11. Final deadline is July 31st 2022, Sunday at 11.59 PM IST.
  12. Results will be declared on September 11th 2022 on our website.

Certificates of Participation

We provide electronic certificates of participation to all participants. The certificates will be sent out after the announcement of results.

Winning Ceremony

In addition to receiving cash prizes, winners will be invited to attend Wingword’s prize distribution ceremony. The event will be held in New Delhi in October 2022. It is not mandatory to be physically present at the ceremony. Those who can’t attend will receive their prizes via courier.

How to Submit

1. First, you have to pay the entry fee online. 

2. After you have paid the entry fee, check your e-mail id. We will send you a participation form where you can easily paste your poems.