April means blooming flowers, warm weather, and the winding down of the school year. It also means it’s National Poetry Month, so we’re getting ready to get our VERSE on. And we’re doing it with some inspiration from the Academy of American Poets—the nearly-80-year-old group that started National Poetry Month in 1996.
The Academy is spending April celebrating the role of correspondence in poets’ lives and work. So here on Figment, we want you, in 250 words or fewer, to write a poem in the form of a letter.
Tag your story PoetryMonth. You have until Tuesday, April 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your poem. Please note: Once your poem is tagged and published, it is considered your final, official entry. Any poem that is changed after it is submitted may be subject to disqualification.
Figment editors will be reading all the entries and selecting three winners:
One grand-prize winner will receive a Moleskine notebook, a copy of Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke, and a custom-created print with a line from their winning poem, from the DomesticNotions etsy shop.
Two runners up will each receive a Moleskine notebook and a print with a quote from “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” by T.S. Eliot, from the LennahPress esty shop.
All three winners will get a chance to pick the Figment.com homepage stories for one day!
How to Enter
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 250 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with PoetryMonth on the “Details” tab.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.
Please note: The comment box below is only for questions about how to enter this contest or other logistical issues. For comments, thoughts, suggestions, complaints about the contest system, please visit our Contest Input forum. To find someone to read your story, try the Contest Promotion forum.