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Dream Quest One

Poetry and Writing Contest

*SUMMER 2015*


Postmark deadline: July 31, 2015


Hello and Welcome to Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest! This poetry contest and writing contest is open to everyone and international.  We are excited about showcasing the creative writing and poetic talent, skill and ability of all poets and writers.  We hope that you have inspiration to display the beauty and art of writing short stories and poems for the entire world to see your "gift of a dream."

Writing C
ontest entries may be written on a maximum of (5) pages, either neatly handwritten or typed, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme.

  • Poetry Contest entries may be written on any subject or theme. All poems must be 30 lines or fewer and either neatly handwritten or typed, single or double line spacing.

Please read the "Official Rules" for complete guidelines.

*Postmark deadline: July 31, 2015

The Mission of Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is to inspire, motivate and encourage anyone having the desire or love of poetry and writing, to continue doing so without fear of failure or success! Remember, in whatever you do, "it's okay to dream," for dreams do come true...


Win Prizes!

Poetry Contest:                                                        

First Place...$250.00
Second Place...$125.00
Third Place...$50.00

Writing Contest:

First Place...$500.00
Second Place...$250.00
Third Place...$100.00

There is a $10.00 (US dollars) entry fee per short story subm
itted and a  $5.00 (US dollars) entry fee per poem submitted.

Contestants may enter via PayPal or through the mail. An entry form is also available in the "Enter Now" section.


Click on the links below to the read all Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest - Winter 2014 - 2015 winning poems and short stories in the Dare to Dream pages:

First Poetry Prize ($250):
"Butterfly" by Geninne M. Woods of Lihue, Hawaii

Second Poetry Prize ($125):
"Bruise" by Candace M. Armstrong of Murphysboro, Illinois

Third Poetry Prize ($50):
"Autumn Shadows" by Ryusuke Kawachi of Tokyo, Japan



First Writing Prize ($500): MEMORIES OF THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER by Jill A. Weatherholt of Matthews, North Carolina

Second Writing Prize ($250):
THE POWER OF ONE MAN, WITH SONG by Lee Davis of Mountain View, Missouri

Third Writing Prize ($100):
THE SOUND OF TULIPS by Jim Xie of Ontario, Canada

Note: You may find all previous Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest Winners from Winter 2005-2006 to the present,
in the POETRY PLACE and WRITE THIS WAY! pages.
A Message from the Editor,

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2014-2015 winners are now posted in the Dare to Dream pages. Congratulations! to everyone who participated by submitting your brilliantly composed poems and short stories to enter this unique and prestigious dual competition. Although there are only 6 place prizes in this competition, I have seen so many beautifully written pieces that I must say that you are all winners for putting forth efforts to dream and working toward making your dreams, a reality. Always believe in yourself and in things you do, as I believe in you.

Today, I wear my heart on my sleeves for you all. Yes, I have actually personally corresponded in some way, shape or form with each and every one who has entered this contest from its beginning. This contest is not automated. Robots and machines cannot appreciate the quality of poems and stories that your humanity and arts can conceive and produce. It's personal to me and it's no easy task. However, I must mention that I love Dream Quest One and would not trade it for the world. On March 17, 2015, it will be our 10th Anniversary milestone to inspire, encourage and motivate anyone having the desire or love for poetry and writing, to continue doing so without fear of failure or success. The little support and assistance I may give to anyone in the writing community is my reward. The few and far between 'thank you' messages I get from time to time are absolutely priceless. It's the fuel that keeps Dream Quest One alive. To anyone just waking up and writing, welcome to Dream Quest One!

Remember, this contest is small but carries a big stick. There are no large corporate sponsors and I pay my dues. I have learned something from you all. That is for me to remain humble and teachable, keeping an open mind and realizing my limitation is that I have no limitations. The Dream Quest One mission comes first and foremost. I pray that it is fulfilled through you all. I am inspired by the many different walks of life we all come from. However, our common goal in writing makes us no different from each other no matter what part of the world you're from. And for that I am truly grateful to have shared your hopes, strengths, passions, and dreams. I too pay attention to the small things, and work hard for the big dreams.

Therefore, I urge you to let your hair down, keep writing, and setting attainable goals, which are stepping-stones to your achievements as successful poets and writers. And remember, my mind is always on the last page.... Please click on the links above to view all winning poems and stories.


Warm regards,
Andre L. West, Editor

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