Maybe 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?