Poetry

Need a project or writing prompts for National Poetry Month in April?

It’s not too late to make a plan for poetry month! Whether you want to sign up to write a poem a day or unofficially just plan to crank out some poetry in April, there are plenty of prompts and resources to keep you going strong all month. And that’s not all that’s going on either. Here’s a list of even more National Poetry Month happenings.

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Tiferet Journal is sponsoring a Poem-A-Thon

“All participating poets will receive a FREE copy of Diane Lockward’s The Crafty Poet and a FREE digital subscription to Tiferet upon meeting your sponsorship goal.”

There’s no fee to join, but they do ask that you commit to finding friends and family to sponsor your writing (suggested goal is $100). They will help provide promotional text you can share about the project on your blog or other social media and Tiferet will share your poems and bio as well.

DEADLINE: April 1 (with a week grace period up until April 6)

Writer’s Digest is running their April Poem-A-Day Challenge

Anyone can participate—there’s no registration and no fees. They will post a daily prompt; you write a poem based on the prompt; you post the poem in the comments on their blog. Easy and fun!

“Many poets follow along silently at home–or share with their writing groups. That said, you have to share your poem(s) in the comments to be considered for publication in the Poem Your Heart Out anthology.”

Other Sites with Poetry Prompts

Fifty Two Poetry – includes 52 poetry prompts. “Write a poem a week. Start now. Keep going.”

Found Poetry Review – posts found poetry prompts on their blog regularly.

Poets & Writers puts out regular prompts for poetry as well as fiction and nonfiction on their Writing Prompts page. You can also subscribe to their e-newsletter and receive them right in your inbox weekly.

Ploughshares shared their favorite writing prompts of all-time in this article posted in December. Lots of great prompts in this list, including one I hope to take advantage of: “Write a dialog between your eyes and feet,” from Anastacia Tolbert.

500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing from The Learning Network. “The categorized list below touches on everything from sports to travel, education, gender roles, video games, fashion, family, pop culture, social media and more, and, like all our Student Opinion questions, each links to a related Times article and includes a series of follow-up questions. What’s more, all these questions are still open for comment by any student 13 or older.”

Bernadette Mayer’s list of writing promptsThe Poetry Foundation describes Bernadette Mayer as “an avant-garde writer associated with the New York School of poets . . . known for her innovative use of language.”

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