Sharpen those pencils. Purchase your favorite thesaurus and rhyming dictionary.
If you’re a crazy poet, a quiet poet, or a mind-boggling poet, you’re interested in knowing about ALL the Poetry Challenges during the month of April so you can pick and choose which ones you’ll participate in.
I can’t give ‘em all to you, but I can fill you in on a few.
1. NaPoWriMo: Stop and Smell the Roses
Like most of these challenges, you will write 30 Poems in 30 Days. All you do is write a poem. There are no fees or nothing! You can add your blog or website to their online roster of participants in order to share your poem but you’ll have to pre-submit your site. Oh, and you can grab a nice badge for your website/blog, too.
30/30 Poetry Challenge 2014
In 2013, over 600 people took this challenge. You sign up to receive a daily prompt. 30 days in April. 30 prompts. A poem a day.
You can do it.
The Academy of American Poets has posted 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month.
Here are a few of their ideas:
*Watch a poetry movie (they have clickable links)
*Ask the post office for more poetry stamps.
*Write a letter to a poet.
*Play Exquisite Corpse—a game I’ve never heard of. At least not by that name. I remember playing something similar in high school. You gather a group of poets, each person writes a word on a sheet of paper, you fold the paper to conceal it, and pass it on to the next player for his or her contribution. The result is always fascinating and fun.
For the rest of the directions, visit the website.
4. 2014 National Poetry Month Blog Tour
Savvy Verse and Wit asks “bloggers, poets, authors, and readers sign up to review books, talk about poets, write poetry, share their inspirations, and celebrate the love of poetry this April.” Just sign up with Mr. Linky. Great way to guest blog.
On Poem in Your Pocket Day, Thursday, April 24, people throughout the United States select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. This is sponsored by The Academy of American Poets.
The website contains a gagillion ideas for creating a poem, sharing a poem, or finding a poem to share.
You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem.
April’s RandomCAT challenge is to read a poetry related book. How hard can this be? Most poetry chapbooks are relatively short. Reading poetry makes us better writers.
7. Miz Quickly
Miz Quickly will prompt and nudge you with a whirlwind of ideas. “And it costs nothing. Zero. Zilch.”
Stretch your writing muscles. Visit Miz Quickly.
8. Ragtag Poetry Doings:
*About.com lists ideas, articles, and events to help you celebrate National Poetry Month.
*Info Please posts quizzes, bios, crossword puzzles, collections, quotes. Lots of fun here.
By the way, I’m just the messenger. If you have questions about any of these challenges, go straight to the site and find their FAQ’s.