To all my poetry challenge participants and those interested in participating in the challenge in the future:
At the end of 2019, Colleen’s weekly syllabic poetry challenge will have run for three consecutive years. I never thought I would have this much interest in syllabic poetry, and I’ve been overjoyed at the response.
The Poet of the Week & Honorable Mention Poetry PDF for 2019 will be available as a FREE download by the middle of January 2020. I don’t know that I would do this again, but we could discuss it. I spent a lot of time and energy compiling the data.
Do we need a weekly recap of my picks for Poet of the Week, and honorable mentions? Do you read this post? Is it something that is important to you as a poet? Tell me why I should keep doing this post.
I’d like to host a Syllabic Poetry Contest with prizes (donated books from poetry participants) in April for National Poetry Month (and my birth month). I will need 3 judges and prizes. Who’s interested? Let me know! I can’t do this by myself.
If we did a poetry contest, I would take the month of April off and dedicate it just to the contest. There would be no challenge posts that month. By the middle of May, the winners would be released.
2020 is right around the corner, I’d like to take some time and ask a few more questions.
First, are you bored with this challenge? If you are, tell me in the comments how you think I could make this challenge better.
Would you like to have a theme for each week of the month? If so, what are your ideas? Remember we have four or five weeks to plan for, depending on the month. List your ideas in the comments.
Here are some ideas submitted by Jane Dougherty after I
begged asked her to share her opinion:
“My first thought was that it might be an idea to have a different theme for each Tuesday. There’s the image prompt one week that gives a very clear direction and I think that’s what’s needed. How about imposing a poetry form rather than word choice one week, another week have a theme like rain or autumn and only have the word choice one week?
You could combine words and images, rework an existing poem, redo a tanka in the form of a shadorma, something like that, keeping the themes but changing the form? Presenting two short poems and asking us to write a third based on the images in the original poems is good too.
I know you already give links to ‘how to write’ the different forms, but it seems to me that we are a bit slapdash about getting it right. Counting the syllables isn’t the end of it after all. How about if you choose a form and give very precise instructions as to how to write it, then give a theme?”Jane Dougherty
Here are some more ideas:
- Photo Prompt
- A “themed” week: nature, holiday, feelings, etc.
- Select a poetry form and giving precise instructions on how to write it, along with a specific theme
- Rework an existing poem into another form: like a tanka into a shadorma
- Word choice/synonyms like we’ve been doing
- Poet’s Choice
- Music prompt
- A Haiku/Senryu a day for a week
- Archaic Word Week: Pick an archaic word from Lexico.com, make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem
- Phrase Week: Pick a phrase (fit as a fiddle, etc) and write a poem
- The Poetscollective.org has an enormous list of syllabic poetry. Check that out HERE. Are there any forms that you want to learn how to write?
- HERE are 191 Poetry Prompts to give you some ideas.
If you’d rather email me your ideas send it here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to hearing your ideas.