It can seem scary to send your poem to a competition, but believe in yourself, your words matter, they matter to us. We are overjoyed to read simple poems with deep meaning. Your poetry at least deserves a fair chance.

— Wingword Committee

Wingword Poetry Competition is a brilliant opportunity for young poets to compete nationally and showcase their talent. Our aim is to provide a platform to amateur voices. Each year, we award 5 Lakh Rupees in cash prizes to the winners of the competition along with the opportunity to have their works published by us.

When it comes to choosing a topic, you can write about absolutely anything but whatever you pen down, we want to read your poetry. Send us your poems on any topic, of any length and of any style.

1st Prize: INR 1,00,000 + Book Publication
2nd Prize: INR 50,000
3rd Prize: INR 25,000
The top thirty winners receive INR 10,000 each as a token of appreciation
200 Commendable Mentions are published in the annual Wingword anthology


  1. The competition is open to anyone who is 15 years old and above.

  2. You must be an Indian national, resident of India or a person of Indian origin to enter the competition.

  3. Poems submitted in the competition must be originally written by you.

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

  5. Any length and style of poetry is accepted.

  6. We welcome all themes, for example personal topics such as love, family, childhood, identity as well as social issues such as women’s rights, corruption, violence and climate change.

  7. Entry Fee is ₹ 1000 for one poem, ₹ 2000 for three poems and ₹ 3000 for five poems.

  8. We encourage beginners to participate. If your work displays merit, it will be shortlisted.

  9. Previously published poems are allowed.

  10. This is a writing competition. Performance is not required anywhere.

Award Ceremony

All winners and commendable mentions are invited to the prestigious Wingword Poetry Prize award ceremony, due to be held in New Delhi in December 2023. It’s not compulsory to attend the ceremony. The winners who are not able to make it to the function will receive their prizes via courier.

Judging Criteria

We’re looking for poems about the inner thoughts and feelings people want to communicate. We want to see and experience the world through your eyes. The poems will be scored on the basis of originality, meaning and language.

Certificate of Participation

All participants receive certifications of participation. The certificate is mailed electronically after the announcement of results.

Read Winning Poems of Past Competitions

Winning poems of our past competitions are made available to the public. Please visit to read the poems which were selected in previous competitions. 


Submit Your Poems

First, deposit the entry fee for the number of poems you wish to submit. You will then receive the submission form on your registered email id. You simply need to fill your personal details and attach your poetry on this form. Once you’ve submitted the form, you will also receive a confirmation email.

 Visit to participate.