Sunday, 2 November 2014

November Poem a Day Challenge

I did this month's poetry challenge from Robert Lee Brewer last year. Now I'm not great at challenges. But I enjoyed it. And I really, really need to fill my sack of poems. 

  • Beginning on November 1 (Atlanta, Georgia time), I will share a prompt and poem each day of November on this blog.
  • Poets are then challenged to write a poem each day (no matter where you live on the planet) within 24 hours (or so) from when the prompt is posted. Don’t worry: If you fall behind or start late, you CAN play catch up.
  • Poets do NOT have to register anywhere to participate. In fact, poets don’t even need to post to this blog to be considered participants.
  • The Challenge will unofficially conclude around 24 hours after the final prompt is posted. That said…
  • This Challenge is unique, because I expect poets to take all the material they’ve written in November and create a chapbook manuscript during the month of December. (Yes, you can revise material, and yes, the chapbook should be composed mostly of poems written for the challenge–I’m using the honor system.)
  • Poets have until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, GA time) on January 7, 2015, to submit a manuscript that can be 10-20 pages in length (not including table of contents, title page, etc.) with no more than one poem per page. So if you wrote 50 poems in November, you have to narrow them down to the best 20 (or even fewer). Submit manuscripts to with the subject line: 2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge. (The subject line is very important, because I have a very busy inbox.)
  • The goal will be to announce a winning manuscript by Groundhog Day 2015. February 2, 2015, for those of you unfamiliar with that particular holiday.
Day 1:  game over  'The Game of Passing' 


  1. Haiku are about the only poetry I've ever been good at. And they're short, which is a plus.

  2. Ah, I missed this. Mind you, poetry involves so much honing and winnowing for me I'd find this tough. Best of luck if you do it...

    1. Thanks for the comment. That's reminded me about this. Hmmm. Might get back to it. Progress so far = zero. I can only improve from here.