Announcing the Poem-A-Day Challenge!

In honor of National Poetry Month, Figment is pleased to introduce the upcoming Poem-A-Day Challenge. Every weekday next week (the week of 4/11), we’ll be posting a new poetry writing prompt on the blog that will be sure to get your creative juices flowing. This is a great way to challenge yourself!

Everyone who completes the challenge and writes five poems next week will be entered to win a copy of The Norton Anthology of Poetry and one other book of poetry of his/her choice.

Emily Moore, whose poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, The Yale Review, and the 6th Edition of Poetry: A Pocket Anthology, has helped us brainstorm some killer prompts.ย To whet your poetic appetite, take a gander at one of her previously unpublished pieces:

Sonnet for the Twelfth Grade Girls

We looked up to the older girls
who led us by the wrists
to fields where they snuck cigarettes
and taught us how to kiss

or met up in the buggy dark
with stolen alcohol
and told us to sayย firetruck
the first time we inhaled

then gave us mints and kicked the dirt
with agile, grass-stained feet,
and sent us home to lie awake
smelling the nicotine

on skin theyโ€™d doused with dime store scents;
we were their initiates.

Be sure to check back here on Monday!

18 thoughts on “Announcing the Poem-A-Day Challenge!

  1. I don’t understand this. Are we supposed to make a story based on this poem? Are we supposed to continue the poem? Please tell me! I want to enter this!

  2. @Soleil Bostis: You’re supposed to be patient and wait till 4/11 for the prompt, that poem was a poem and nothing more. but kind of nice huh?

  3. ooo! this looks like an AWESOME contest! i am sooooooooooooo excited! thank you thank you thank you!!!!

  4. One poem every twenty-four hours… seems to be a short order… I’ll remain intrigued to see what the prompts are.

  5. I’ve been waiting for a such a long time for some poetry contest! I agree with Joshua Mitchell, I know how to write poems best! I don’t quite understand this contest, but I’m waiting for Monday…

  6. I’ll enter this contest for sure! This is a challenge, yet all I need to do is to take the challenge and complete it ๐Ÿ™‚

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