Regional Languages Competition 2019

In 2019, Wingword has initiated a new category of prizes for poets who write in Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Oriya, Assamese, Urdu and Gujrati. A cumulative of INR 1 Lakh will be awarded to poets in this category. The aim of this special category is to encourage people to start writing in their mother tongues and revive the richness of Indian literary traditions. Beginners are encouraged to participate.


1st Prize: INR 20,000

2nd Prize: INR 10,000

3rd Prize: INR 7,500

Top 20 Winners: INR 3,000

100 Commendable Mentions Will Be Published in Poetry Book

Why is mother tongue so important?

Amrita Preetam , Punjabi poet & writer

Amrita Preetam, Punjabi poet & writer

Did you know that more than 19,500 languages spoken in India as mother tongues? India is the country where language itself arose and also, the home of poetry. By writing in your mother tongue, you are not only embracing your diversity but also continuing a legacy of great poets such as Amrita Preetam, Sugathakumari, Binoy Majumdar & Subramania Bharati.

It all starts with a small but simple step: pick up the pen & write your heart out.


  • The competition is open to Indians.

  • You must be 14 years and above.

  • Poem should be in any of the following languages: Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Malyalam, Oriya, Kannada, Assamese, Gujurati, Urdu and Punjabi.

  • Poem must be original work of the participant.

  • Any style of poetry is accepted.

  • Previously published poems are allowed.

  • Entry fee is ₹500 for one poem, ₹1000 for three poems, ₹1500 for five poems and ₹2000 for ten poems.

  • Beginners are encouraged to participate.

  • Copyright of the poem remains with the author.

  • Final Deadline to enter is January 15th 2020, Wednesday.

Wingword Poetry Competition brings a golden opportunity to those poets who wish to convey perspectives and emotions, written in their mother tongue. Participate today!