I have learned that people write for many reasons. We poets,
writers and dreamers come from such diversified backgrounds in life that even the dullest and most ignorant of us have an
interesting story to tell, one time or another. Some write for fortune, while others seek fame. Many want fortune, fame and
something else that satisfies a hunger (like a Snicker’s candy bar), a passion within the soul, heart and mind that
drives one to write. I heard that real poets and writers will write anytime, anyplace and don’t care what anyone thinks
of their work. There are those too, who are curious as to see what’s hidden or unexplored inside the spiritual realms
of our universe, inside ourselves. To find out what makes us tick. Even though we all write, all of us are not right here
for the same reasons and I think that is beautiful.
Are there any rules for writing besides
grammar, punctuation and such? There are no rules for good writing except those you make for yourself, and you follow them
only because they work, or seem to work, for you. Everything else is mere opinion, or prejudice. I believe the old school
theory that, if you want to be a good writer, one must look, learn, listen and interact with the world around you.
Today, I present to you, the works of those who ‘dared to dream’ and entered their literary works of
art into this unique dual poetry and writing competition. There is love, strength and hope in these pieces of dreams, which
make fractals in the tapestry of communication within humanity and art. I once asked a dying man, what is the most important
question one can ask? Is it who, what, when, where, why or how? He tactfully replied, “Who?” He said, who, because
who is usually the one that started everything you see around you. If you believe in a Higher Power, “Who” is
the one that created all things? If you know that people have built cities, towns and nations, then every time you look around,
“who” does her or his part to create or make things happen? In knowing this, then who are you to say that you
can’t be a great writer, poet, thinker, author or whatever you aspire to achieve?
to all of you who participated in the Winter 2013-2014 competition. It is an outstanding achievement in putting forth effort
in creating such wonderful poems and stories. Although you may not have won a place prize in this competition, you are truly
a winner for shining through and giving it your best. You may read the winning entries by visiting our DARE TO DREAM pages at http://www.dreamquestone.com/daretodream.html . If you scroll down this page, you will find links to the winning prose and verse, as well. I urge you to keep
writing, creating, and achieving attainable goals, while working toward making your dreams a reality, and hang in there.
Writing Contest 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.
deadline: July 31, 2014
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...
There is a $10.00 (US dollars) entry fee per short story submitted 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 2013-2014 winning
poems and short stories in the Dare to Dream pages:
Prize: "Beneath Snow and Ice" by Charlotte Louise Nystrom of Greenville, Maine - USA
Second Poetry Prize: "Of Changes" by Tom Bedford of Henleaze, Bristol - United Kingdom
Third Poetry Prize: "Life is Great" by Sylvia Behnish of Surrey, British Columbia - Canada
First Writing Prize: A GRAVE SURPRISE by Jill Sadowsky of Ra' anana - Israel
Second Writing Prize: SEARGEANT'S HOME by Alex Csedrik of Lyndhurst, New Jersey - USA
Third Writing Prize: WAITING FOR A RAINBOW by Angelica Singh of Algonquin, Illinois - USA