Poetry/Writing Prompts

125 of the Best Poetry Writing Prompts for Poets via Writer’s Relief

This list of 125 writing prompts for poetry is a great place to start if you need ideas to help generate new poems. The list is divided into categories:

  • Momentous Occasions
  • Everyday Moments
  • First Times
  • Nature and Space
  • Food Inspirations
  • Meeting the Unexpected
  • Mysterious Places
  • Poetry Exercises

The article also includes links to other helpful articles focused on poetry writing and craft.

125 of the Best Poetry Writing Prompts for Poets

Writer’s Relief includes many helpful articles and tips on their site. “Writer’s Relief was started in 1994 to help creative writers make well-targeted, professional submissions to literary agents and editors. We are not a literary agency, publisher, publicist, or marketing company.” You can also follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Other Sites with Poetry Prompts

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

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 prompts – The 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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