Poem-A-Day Challenge: Day One

Greetings, Figmenters! We’re thrilled to present to you the first prompt of this week’s Poem-A-Day Challenge. As you may recall, we’ll be posting a poetry prompt every day for the next five days; those who respond to all five prompts will be entered to win a copy of the Norton Anthology of Poetry and another poetry book of the winner’s choosing.

The talented poet Emily Moore, whose poems have appeared in The New YorkerThe Paris ReviewPloughsharesPoetry DailyThe Yale Review, and the 6th Edition of Poetry: A Pocket Anthology, has given us some killer prompts for the challenge.

There are no restrictions on the poems you write in terms of length, meter, or rhyme: they can be haiku, limericks, sonnets, free verse, diamantes . . . you get the drift (and you can change your style or form every day; uniformity is not required). The only requirement is that you post your poem within 24 hours of each prompt’s announcement and that you tag it appropriately. Today’s tag will be: MondayPADC

And now for today’s prompt, from Emily:

Write a poem about a time you were outside after dark.

Faster, Figmenters, write, write!

43 thoughts on “Poem-A-Day Challenge: Day One

  1. I have a question; can I create one new writing and each chapter be a different poem for the prompts? It seems less-likely because of the tags… but I just want to ask. 🙂

  2. Hi Kayla,

    You can create one new book and do it that way; the only thing is that you should then tag it with all of the tags from the week. MondayPADC, TuesdayPADC, etc.

    Best of luck!

  3. Just out of curiosity, is more than one poem allowed per day? Not connected chapters, but seaparate poems on the same topic?

    • Hi Gemma, you don’t submit it to us, you just put it up on the site as a regular writing and tag it MondayPADC. This way we’ll be able to track them, but they’ll be public. Hope this helps!

  4. Hi Elizabeth,

    The prompt went up around 10 AM EST today; you can expect the rest of the prompts to go up on 10 everyday for the rest of the week.

  5. Can we expand on the prompt? Like instead of a time when we were outside after dark, a time when we WISHED we could be outside after dark? I don’t really go outside after dark because I am so terrified, so yeah, I was just wondering. Thanks! (:

  6. I entered! Its really different from all the others. Almost all of them are about the stars or the moon. My is about worm hunting for worms for my toads!

    • Hi John

      Anyone who completes the five day challenge will be entered to win, and that winner will be chosen at random.

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