Poetry Challenge Week: Day Two

Landscape with Two Breton Women, Paul Gauguin

It’s Poetry Challenge Week on Figment, and each day we’re featuring a different writing prompt from one of The Lemons.  Today’s Poetry Prompt is brought to you by  Alex Lemon, author of Fancy Beasts.

Day Two: Ekphrastic Poem

Find an image of a piece of art on the Internet and then write an ekphrastic poem (a poem about that piece of art.) Here is a good link to more information from The Academy of American Poets.


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 Riversand Fancy Beasts, Figment totes, and stickers!

Want to see yesterday’s prompt?

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.



22 thoughts on “Poetry Challenge Week: Day Two

  1. Does it have to be very classy art? I was thinking of doing a Picasso painting. (It’s not too crazy, not too classy.)

  2. Do we need to feature the title of the painting or the paintin its self in (or on the cover of) the book?

    • Hi Jessie

      Yes, please credit the original creator of that image (if possible) in the description of your book. You don’t have to add it to the cover, though.

  3. Can it be a more abstract piece of art rather than, say, a painting of a cottage, and things like that? Stupid question, I know, just making sure before I begin!

  4. On the chapter with the poem, I put a note saying what it was inspired by and a link to a picture of it. Is that okay?

  5. When you write the poem, does it have to be a literal depiction, or can you make your own assumptions and inferences about what the artist wanted to convey?

    • Hi Adithi,
      Feel free to interpret the painting however you wish. Don’t feel the need to only describe exactly what you see, explore different ways to bring the piece of art to life.

  6. Do we have to publish the poem the day the prompt comes out, or is it just by the end of the week? Because yesterday I submitted mine about 15 minutes after midnight, would that be okay? Thanks! =]

    • Hi Annie

      We ask that they are published on the day the specific prompt is given, but as long as at least four of them are in by Friday at midnight, it should be fine 🙂 Best of luck!

  7. I just found out about this contest today and I was wondering…even though it’s the second day, can I still do the prompt from the first one?

    • Hi Jo

      As long as at least four of the prompts are addressed by the deadline (which is this Friday at midnight), it should be fine 🙂

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