Ada Limón and Alex Lemon have more in common than a citrus surname. The Lemons, as we shall henceforth call them, are both writers of great critical acclaim, stunning poets with forthcoming books, AND they are here- with a proposition for you. It’s summer, you’ve got more time for your writerly pursuits, and it’s time to push yourself.
That’s why we’re inviting you to participate in this week’s Poetry Challenge.
Each day we will present a different prompt from one of The Lemons. Whether you’ve never written a poem before or you choose to speak only in iambic pentameter, these prompts are here to kick start you into versification.
Day One: Your Character
Sometimes I think we get way too caught up in our own stories. I know I do. It’s good to get out of yourself. Write a poem from another person’s point of view. Make the speaker an unreliable narrator. Add a series of questions and answers to this poem as well as a lyric from your favorite song. Add one rhyme toward the end of the poem.
How to enter:
1) Create a new book on Figment.
2) Each day, read the prompt from one of The Lemons.
3) Write a poem inspired by the prompt.
4) Add your poem as a new chapter in your book.
5) Tag your book “lemonsweek”.
Challenge yourself to do at least four prompts. At the end of the week, all books tagged “lemonsweek” containing four or more chapters will be put into a pool. The Mods will randomly select three winners, who will each receive a copy of Sharks in the Rivers and Fancy Beasts, Figment totes, and stickers!
1. One entry per person, please.
2. The promotion of your contest entry is not allowed on Figment. This includes self-promotion and the promotion of other users’ contest entries in the Figment forums, the comments and reviews of stories, and the Figment Facebook page. Independent promotion on sites unrelated to Figment, like personal Facebook or Twitter accounts, is fine.
3. Works must be submitted according to the instructions above between the announcement of the contest and the closure of the contest. This means a new piece must be created for the contest; adapting an old Figment piece published before the start of the contest will make the entry ineligible to win.
4. The rules of the contest are both strict and open to interpretation by a moderator.
5. The creation of multiple accounts to heart or otherwise vote for your contest entry on Figment is prohibited, and may result in the disqualification of that entry, the deletion of your Figment account, and/or the blocking of your IP address permanently from the site, at the moderator’s discretion.