Competition

Dear Aspiring Poet,

We invite you to participate in Wingword Poetry Competition 2022. The competition is now in its fifth year. With our aim to recognize humble talents from across the country, we’re thrilled to be back after the harsh pandemic with another edition of the much awaited Wingword Poetry Competition.

The 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. We are constantly looking for peculiar and unconventional approaches to writing.

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!

This year, we are accepting entries in the most spoken languages of India. What make our country great is the diversity it has to offer: the variety of cultures, religions, languages and ethnicities. We believe that nothing surpasses the beauty of expression in one’s mother tongue, so we call upon writers to experiment writing in the language of their ‘home’.

Prizes

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

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

1st Prize: INR 50,000
2nd Prize: INR 25,000
3rd Prize: INR 15,000
Top 20 Prizes: INR 10,000
100 commendable mentions will be published in Wingword’s annual anthology
 

Regional Languages Poetry Competition

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.

Rules

  1. The competition is open to anyone who is 14 years old and above.

  2. Poem must be originally written by you.

  3. Any topic and style of poetry is accepted.

  4. Poem should be no longer than 60 lines.

  5. Your writing can be in any of the following languages: English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Assamese, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Malyalam, Tamil, Odia or Gujarati.

  6. Previously published poems are allowed.

  7. We encourage beginners to participate. Your writing speaks for itself- if it’s meritorious, your work will be selected!

  8. Entry Fee is ₹ 400 for one poem, ₹ 800 for three poems and ₹ 1200 for five poems.

  9. You are allowed to submit as many poems as you like by paying the respective entry fee.

  10. Early deadline is May 15th 2022, Sunday at 11.59 PM IST.

  11. 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.

How To Participate

Please visit https://www.wingword.in/submit to submit your poems today. We look forward to reading your works.