Celebrate Poetry, All Month Long
April is National Poetry Writing Month! To participate in NaPoWriMo 2014, write a poem each day this month. Read on for details.
NaPoWriMo, or National Poetry Writing Month, is back!
NaPoWriMo is an annual project in which participants write a poem each day in April. It unfolds in the tradition of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, held in November) and motivates, inspires, and engages poets of all levels, genres, and backgrounds.
While a poem a day is your ultimate goal, there’s really no “right” way to participate. Start today and keep at it, and experiment as you see fit. Focus entirely on sonnets, or experiment with free verse. Participate on your own, or collaborate with others. Publish on your blog, or experiment offline.
Ideas to get started
- Publish poems each day, focusing on a different genre each week.
- Handwrite poems in a journal, for your eyes only.
- Start a collective with others, plan themes for April, and publish poems on your own blogs focused on these themes.
- Create a new blog or group site specifically for this monthly challenge.
- Download the WordPress app for your iOS, Android, or BlackBerry device if you don’t already have one, and publish on-the-go haiku poems daily, inspired by your location.
For daily inspiration
Like last year, NaPoWriMo founder Maureen Thorson will post daily prompts on the NaPoWriMo site through the month, so head there for inspiration. You can also use our prompts at The Daily Post for a jump start each morning, and respond to each with a poem.
If you’re sharing poems online, submit your site to the NaPoWriMo showcase, so we and other participants can find you. Tag your posts with NaPoWriMo so WordPress.com users can sift through your poems in the Reader, too.
Good luck to all participants! We look forward to reading your poems this month.