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Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest

*WINTER 2017 - 2018*


Extended Postmarked deadline: April 23, 2018- 11:59 PM, PST.




The Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest is open everyone, international to all poets and writers whether published or not, regardless of experience.  Current and former employees of Dreamquestone.Com or their relatives are not eligible. Previously published poems and short stories in other contests, books, magazines, etc are accepted and welcomed as long as they are original works created by the contest entrant(s).

All poems must be 30 lines or fewer, may be either neatly handwritten or typed, single or double line spacing, on any subject, theme, form, or style. All entries must be original works. Remember, the title(s) of your poem(s) do not count as lines.

All short stories may be on any subject, theme, or genre. For example, any fiction, non-fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, short screenplays, diary, blog and journal entries are accepted. Contestants will enter their short stories either neatly hand printed or typed, single or double line spacing, within a maximum of (5) pages or less. No word count. All entries must be original works. 

You may submit entries to both the poetry contest and the writing contest, at the same time.

Multiple entries are accepted.


Note: All poems and short stories may be revised and resubmitted, and will be accepted until the contest's postmark deadline.



Poetry First Place is $250.00, Second: $125.00, Third: $50.00

Writing First Place is $500.00, Second: $250.00, Third: $100.00


The entry fee is $5.00 (US dollars) per poem.

The entry fee is $10.00 (US dollars) per short story.

These fees may be paid by mail or PayPal (secure online payment service).  If fees are paid online, a $2.00 transaction fee will be added per poem or story entry fees.  Each poem/story entry must be paid individually if using the PayPal payment option. Note: The electronic entries and postal mail-in entries postmarked deadline to send entry fees/poems and short story entries has been extended from February 28, 2018 to APRIL 23, 2018, at 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard Time (PST).  All poetry and writing contest winners notifications and publications has been pushed back from March 31, 2018 to MAY 31, 2018, to be announced online in the Dare to Dream pages. Submitted poems/stories that come without an entry fee will be disqualified. If sending entry fees via mail, Dreamquestone.Com accepts cash, money orders, cashier's checks, and personal checks. Dreamquestone.Com will not accept any foreign currencies as payment.  Cash in the form of U.S. Dollars or International money orders may be used for international entries. However, remember when sending cash by way of postal mail, make sure your envelope is well-secured and covered such that your cash cannot be seen through the envelope. *Note: Cash is accepted but must be sent via postal mail at your own risk. All fees must be paid in the form of US currency dollars.

Poetry/Writing Entries Via Mail:

1.  Print out the
Mail in entry form.

2.  Fill out the
entry form with your current and correct information.

3.  Included Poem(s) and/or Short story(ies) Contest entries must be neatly hand printed or legibly typed and submitted with poet's/writer's name, address, phone number, and email address (if applicable) in the upper left-hand corner of the entry. 

4. Include payment $5.00 for each poem along with a (SASE) Self Addressed Stamped Envelope for entry confirmation and notification.
 Include payment $10.00 for each short story along with a (SASE) Self Addressed Stamped Envelope for entry confirmation and notification.

5. Multiple and simultaneous poetry and writing contest entries are accepted. There are no limits to your entries.

6.  Make personal checks, cashier's checks or money orders payable to: "Dreamquestone.Com".  Cash payments are accepted, but will be sent at your own risk.  (Entries from outside the United States are fine, but entry fees must be made in US dollars.  Foreign entrants are strongly urged to use international money orders rather than personal checks).  Personal checks must be cleared-- entries will not be considered valid until they do. Dreamquestone.Com is not responsible for lost entries or payments.


Submitting Poetry/Writing Contest Entries Via PayPal:

1.  Please use the PayPal link on the "
Enter Now!" page to enter.

2.  The entry fee of $7.00 for each poem and $12.00 for each short story submission will be entered.  (Note: Electronic submissions require a two dollar ($2.00) transaction fee to be included with the entry fee). After completing the transaction, send your entry electronically by email.

3.  Entries submitted electronically must be sent as email attachments in a word processing document such as, Microsoft Word (.doc) or (docx), or Rich Text Format (.rtf), Open Document Format (.odt), and Photoshop Document Format (pdf). 'Poetry Contest Entry,' 'Writing Contest Entry,' or Poetry and Writing Contest Entries' must be typed in the subject line of the email.  The information requested on the entry form may be either included in the typed Word processing document or typed into an email message body area.  If included in the Word document, entry form information should be on the first page.  The contest poem(s) or short story(ies) entry must be on a separate page from the entry form information. You may use only one Entry Form for all entries. PayPal payment must be made before submitting all entries.

4. Multiple and simultaneous poetry contest and writing contest entries are accepted. There are no limits to your entries.

5. Entrants cannot send payment by mail and submit electronically.  Either both payment and entry must be sent by mail or both must be sent electronically.  Entries will not be returned.


*Extended Postmarked deadline: Entries must be postmarked by APRIL 23, 2018, at 11:59 PM, PST.


All WINTER 2017 - 2018 Poetry Contest and Writing Contest winners will be notified, and published online in the Dare to Dream pages, on May 31, 2018.



Judges are blind panel members of the Dream Quest One -Dare to Dream Master Selection Committee.  All poems are judged on the basis of originality, creativity, characterization, artistic quality, adherence to the 30 line limit, and the ability to dream.  All short stories are judge based on originality, creative imagination, character introduction and development; plot development, adherence to the (5) page limit, and the ability to dream.  All decisions of the judges are final.

Privacy Policy:
Dream Quest One.com does not release or sell customer or contest entrant information to third parties or mailing lists, nor will you receive telephone solicitations, whatsoever. We occasionally send customer, contest entrants and members of our mailing news about Dream Quest One products and contests (no more than twice a month). You may opt out of these notices at any time by sending a request to alwest56@hotmail.com or by using the 'Safe Unsubscribe' link inside our email newsletter.


All poems and stories remain the property of the writers/ fine artists who have written or created their works. By submitting a poem/story to this contest, the writers/ fine artists may also be eligible for the publication of her or his works by Dreamquestone.Com. However, if any contest winner does not wish to have hers/his winning poem(s) and/or story(ies) published online, one may request to have hers/his entry(ies) omitted.


Refunds and Payments:

In case you want to receive entry fee(s) refund or having any problems with PayPal, checks or other entry fee(s) payment(s) methods while entering the Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest: If you would like to receive a refund before the contest deadline, please contact Andre L. West, Editor via email at alwest56@hotmail.com. Henceforth, I will gladly submit your entry fee(s) refund and your poetry/writing contest entry(ies) will be withdrawn, as soon as possible. If you have any questions/problems with PayPal, checks or about other entry fee(s) payments, I will be eager to resolve them as well. Our main focus is inspire, motivate and encourage poets and writers to continue doing so, while enjoying the journey by expressing oneself, through growth and development in the Fine Arts & Writing community.



All Prizewinners will be notified by postal mail, email or by telephone. The top three winning entries, poets/writers, their names and brief biographical information may be published in the Dare to Dream pages at the Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest website upon the completion of each contest run.

For further information, contact:

c/o Andre L. West, Editor

Dream Quest One

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654


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