One Writer’s Journey

November 1, 2016

November’s PAD Challenge

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machine-1311359_1920Maybe you aren’t a novelist.  Maybe you are, like me, facing a deadline.  Maybe the thought of writing 1600+ words a day just doesn’t do much for you.  If so, you probably aren’t participating in NaNoWriMo.  And that’s cool.

But if you’re still interested in a November writing challenge, then check out Writer’s Digests Poem-a-Day Chapbook Challenge.  Editor Robert Lee Brewer heads this event and it works something like this:

  • Beginning today, November 1, Brewer will post a daily prompt and a corresponding poem.
  • Paricipants then write a poem based on this prompt.
  • The challenge ends 24 hours after the last prompt is posted.
  • In December, participants edit and rewrite their poems to create a chapbook.  Participants have until 1/15/2017 to submit a 10-20 page manuscript. The winner is announced by 3/20/2017.
  • No registration required.

I have participated but I have to admit that I’ve never used my poems to create a book that I then submitted.  Stephanie Finke and I have discussed the problems that she and I have with challenges like PAD Chapbook and NaNoWriMo.  There are just too many rules and restrictions.  When reined in that tightly, she and I both have a tendency to resist.

If this challenge is a good match for you – why not give it a try.  If you just want to write the poems and submit them to various children’s magazines, wouldn’t it be nice to have 30 or so poems to shop around?



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