Distant Thoughts Abound... (Contest: Dreem-WOTW: S1 R3)

Welcome to Season 1 Round 3 of...

Dreem Word of the Week


You can find out about the history of wotw and it's transition from pob-wotw to dreem-wotw here

The word for this round is...

Distant ...

What does this word mean to you?

Does it conjure up memories of the distant past, thoughts of the distant future, perhaps of ships passing in the night? Is it distant lands, a distant star or planet that you dream of, or the sadness of becoming distant? These are just a few of the connotations of the word...

I've included a link to the Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary as it gives some great contextual uses for the word which may help to inspire a short story or poem, an introspective piece, or discursive essay - philosophical or otherwise. We know that it can be examined from many different angles; which one will you choose? We invite you to share your perspective with us...

So, what do you need to know about the contest to enter?

1 ) What form should my entry take?

You may respond to the dreem-wotw prompt through any of the following original and creative pathways: discursive essay, short story, or poetry. You may include original artwork in your submission as part of your interpretation of the prompt but the focus for grading submissions will be on the written content.

2 ) Where and when must I post?
Contestants will be allowed to enter dreem-wotw posts created on any platform and within any community - as this promotes greater inclusivity and engagement opportunities.

BUT... they will be required to share the URL for their dreem-wotw entry in Dreemport on the specific contest submission day set aside by Dreemport for dreem-wotw, in order to be considered for any of the dreem-wotw placings and prizes, as the Dreemport phase of grading is an important first step in the process, to shortlist the entries.

Note: You may publish your entry on your home blogging platform whenever you choose, however, it is suggested that you publish on the same day that entries are required to be shared in Dreemport, if you wish to align voting windows on your blogging platform with the timeframes over which Dreemport curators will be viewing your post and dreem-wotw grading teem will be grading (and potentially upvoting).

All entries will be screened by Dreemport screeners for plagiarism, and copyright infringement (all images must be credited back to the original photographers, and URL links to those images on royalty-free sites MUST be provided).

In addition, if any entry is found to be a re-spin of another writer's earlier entry to the contest, such that it appears that the second article clearly relied on and drew too much inspiration from the first, then the second entry will be disqualified, much in the same way that plagiarism disqualifies an entry.

This month the Dreemport submission date is:

Tuesday 27th September
between 4 am UTC and 23h59 UTC

Please note...this is not simply the deadline date...


The curation/submission cycle starts and ends at these times so there is unfortunately little room for flexibility. All valid submissions to Dreemport will be reviewed and ranked by public curators the following day.

If you want to have your voice heard in this respect, simply log on the next day and curate and rank the 5 random contest posts assigned to you.

3 ) The Grading Phase

At the end of the 24-hour cycle, Dreemport will provide an official top 5 reader's favourites. We will also be able to access the top 5 Dreemport staff entries in the background and will run two contest pools to keep staff and non-staff entries separate 😊

Members of the grading teem are able to write to the prompt but, like staff, their posts will be excluded from Dreemport official rankings and additionally, they will not be eligible for prizes.

The top 5's will then be graded by the dreem-wotw team primarily using the WOTW Merit grading system - developed by @scholaris.

The top 3 graded posts in both contest pools will become the official winning entries in dreem-wotw.

How to use Dreemport

If you have not used Dreemport before, you will need to register on dreemport.com, which is a quick and easy process, and the following two articles give a clear idea of the benefits and ease of use of the platform.

How do I use Dreemport? - it's easy!

Building a better name with Dreemport

If anyone has any difficulty registering and trying out the platform, please tag me or @wrestlingdesires or @juliamulcahy here on this post and we will help you to get this little piece of admin out of the way as painlessly as possible 😊

4 ) Engagement metrics
In order to promote healthy community engagement, one of the merit grading criteria is engagement. In order to earn any engagement points it is necessary to do public curation of the contest posts in Dreemport as part of your random 5 allocation, the day following contest submissions to Dreemport. You will earn 1 point for doing the curation and another 1-3 points based on the quality of your engagement in those 5 posts.

Note: doing public curation of the contest posts and engaging meaningfully during that curation, made a difference in the final positions of the contest last month ;-)

Which tag should I use?

The new tag to be used for the contest will be dreem-wotw as the contest will be hosted by Dreemport, and the primary token associated with the contest going forward will be the dreem token. By using the tag, it will enable others to find your dreem-wotw entries more easily going forward.

Don't forget you can use the #scholarandscribe tag on your posts to earn scholar and scribe tokens too.

Two contests in one!!!

1 ) Participation prizes:

There will be a random draw for all valid entrants. The first non-staff and staff entry drawn using random.org will receive 250 ecency points... 🙂

Comments on the contest and winners posts will also receive a mix of PIZZA, ALIVE, LUV, and LOLZ bot token calls.

2 ) dreem-wotw final graded placings:

This month we are thankful to @dreemsteem and @dreemport for Dreem tokens and Ecency point sponsorship and to @dibblers.dabs and Scholar and Scribe for their new sponsorship of Scholar and Scribe tokens.

Scholar and Scribe Sponsorship

The Scholar and Scribe creative writing community is sponsoring WOTW!

SCHOLAR tokens have been added to the prize pool, and if your entry is a piece of fiction or poetry, feel free to post it in the S&S community. All entries (no matter where you post it) can use the #scholarandscribe tag if you wish—this will help you earn both SCHOLAR and SCRIBE tokens.

Learn more about S&S here and consider joining the community if you haven’t already.


1st - 500 Dreem Tokens, 250 Ecency points, 50 POB, 50 Scholar, 2 Scribe

2nd - 225 Dreem tokens, 150 Ecency points, 50 POB, 50 Scholar

3rd - 100 Dreem Tokens, 100 Ecency points, 50 POB, 50 Scholar

1st - 250 Dreem tokens, 150 Ecency points, 50 POB, 50 Scholar, 2 Scribe

2nd - 125 Dreem tokens, 100 Ecency points, 50 POB, 50 Scholar

3rd - 50 Dreem tokens, 50 Ecency points, 50 POB, 50 Scholar

Grading teem:
There are 8 members on the dreem-wotw grading teem. These roles are currently voluntary, although adhoc disbursements may be made if funds allow. The current grading teem consists of:

@alekst7 @wrestlingdesires @iskafan @juliamulcahy @itsostylish @palomap3 @cescajove @samsmith1971

If anyone else is interested in becoming part of the grading team, they can drop me a message in discord at: SA_Sam1971#1299 to be considered, as future needs arise.

Although upvoting this post, reblogging it, or tagging friends is not required to enter, any and all efforts to promote the contest will be much appreciated. If anyone would like to provide additional sponsorship for the contest, please feel free to contact me in discord.

The following people expressed an interest in taking part in dreem-wotw (and I added a few who I thought may be interested too):

@acgalarza @adoore-eu @ahmadmanga @alekst7 @amberkashif @anonymous02 @aroojkhalid @atyourservice @ayesha-malik @bananzell @beeber @belleflower @blackdaisyft @bluefinstudios @bobthebuilder2 @b0s @buezor @cescajove @chincoculbert @cool08 @coquicoin @corporateay @creatr @daje10 @dansabest9 @darthsauron @deeanndmathews @deraaa @dibblers.dabs @diebitch @d-pend @dreemsteem @dwixer @edystringz @erh.germany @esther-emmanuel @flamistan @fragozar01 @freedomprepper @funshee @george-dee @giftedwriter @grocko @hannes-stoffel @harryjoe5432 @hollowins @hopestylist @idksamad78699 @ifarmgirl @ijohnsen @intishar @iskawrites @itsostylish @iwannabeme @jane1289 @jaxsonmurph @jfuji @joseph23 @juliamulcahy @kamarah @kei2 @kemmyb @kenechukwu97 @khaleesii @ksam @leeart @lightpen @litguru @lordtimoty @marbrym @maryjacy @mcyusuf @memeisfun @merit.ahama @mineopoly @mmykel @morenow @mrenglish @mypathtofire @ngwinndave @nickydee @nkemakonam89 @nonsowrites @oceanbee @officialrosh1 @olawalium @olujay @palomap3 @penderis @pinkchic @queenstarr @raj808 @repayme4568 @riverflows @shadowspub @simgirl @snook @stevehodl @stevemuis @strangegravy @sunbeam3 @taimen @tengolotodo @teknon @unklebonehead @vikbuddy @wongi @wrestlingdesires @whywhy @zyzymena

All new entrants each month will be added to the list.

Please let me know if you would prefer not to be tagged and you will be removed from the list, and if you are reading this and would like to be tagged going forward, please comment below and I will add you💗.

Cover image Road in the Highway by Jodeng from Pixabay on Canva Pro

Infinity divider created using Canva Pro library.

Dreemport banner used with permission of @dreemsteem and @dreemport and designed by @jimramones

Scholar and Scribe Banner used with permission of @dibblers.dabs and @jfuji

Writer 'nd a Half banner created by @penderis and used with permission, simply because it brings me joy.

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