Poets, prepare yourselves. Buy yourself a fancy notebook. Fix a snack. Turn off your phone. Turn on some Duke Ellington or the Bee Gee’s or The Doobie Brothers or whatever floats your boat. It’s time for another poetic challenge from Writers Digest!
This is the PAD CHAPBOOK challenge. It’s a little different from the April challenge in that you will write a poem each day based on the posted prompt, then you’ll compile the best of the bunch into a theme with the idea of creating your own chapbook and then submit the whole kit and caboodle.
Many poets will daily share their first or second draft on the challenge site in order to participate in poetic community. But, it’s not necessary. More fun, perhaps. And more neighborly. But, it won’t win you any points with the judges.
Generally, I don’t read any of the shared poems before I post mine. If I did, I’d never post. If you are prone to jealousy or comparison, I suggest you don’t either. For myself, I’m prone to intimidation. I read three posted poems and I want to quiver in my blanky and scold myself for even attempting this annual event. (I left out the part with my thumb in my mouth. TMI)
What I like about this challenge is that participating poets have the month of December to revise their poems and get them in order before submitting. This gives you some thinking time which comes in handy because the month of November is notorious for being overly busy with a certain holiday consisting of family, feasting, and football frolicking.
So, find your happy place, your writing nook, your lucky pen, or your solitary shadowy retreat.
Then find your groove and come poem with us crazy poets.