2012 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines

Okay, I’ve been meaning to make this post all month, but I’ve been waiting to get it perfect. There’s no better way to delay a project than trying to make it completely perfect. So I’m just going to post the guidelines the best I can and then make edits as needed.

What is the April PAD Challenge?

PAD stands for Poem-A-Day, so this is a challenge in which poets write a poem each day of April.

Who can participate?

Anyone who wants to write poetry–whether you’ve been writing all your life or just want to give it a shot now, whether you write form poetry or free verse, whether you have a certain style or have no clue what you’re doing. The main thing is to poem (and yes, I use poem as a verb).

Where do I share my poems?

If you want to share your poems throughout the month, the best way is to paste your poem in the comments on the post that corresponds with that day’s prompt. You’ll find folks are pretty supportive on the Poetic Asides site. And if they’re not, I expect to be notified via e-mail.

Here are some more April PAD Challenge guidelines:

  • Poeming begins April 1 and runs through May 1 (to account for time differences in other parts of the world–and yes, poets all over the world participate).
  • The main purpose of the challenge is to write poems, but I also will choose my favorite poems of the month from poets who submit up to 5 poems by May 5 to my e-mail address (robert.brewer@fwmedia.com) with the subject line: My April PAD Submission. Poets can only submit up to 5 poems, and I will only consider the first submission–so make sure it’s what you meant to send. Unless you need formatting in Word, please include the poems in the body of your e-mail message.
  • I will make selections by August 8, and they’ll be announced on this blog.
  • Poem as you wish, but I will delete poems and comments that I feel are hateful. Also, if anyone abuses this rule repeatedly, I will have them banned from the site. So please “make good choices,” as I tell my 3-year-old son.

Other rules, questions, concerns, etc?

If you need any other questions answered, put them in the comments, and I’ll revise this post as needed.

Other than that, I can’t wait to start poeming later this week!


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63 thoughts on “2012 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines

  1. hurtin-heart

    Last day…. I was a newbe bit have really enjoyed this challenge.
    A good friend I mine sent me link to it. Would like to that you Robert.
    I learnt a lot from this an have read some wonderful poems.
    I also learn I’m a long way from being a poet..to each and every one of
    you. I wish you all the beat in your writing. I have enjoyed reading it.
    Maybe mine will get better by next year…
    Thanks again Robert for this giving all this chance.
    Samantha Tinney

  2. David Yockel Jr.

    We can post the poems at any time, right? I got off to a late start but plan on responding to all prompts…As long as I put the poem in the comment box that corresponds to that prompt, I can do it the next day, or the next week, right?

  3. David Yockel Jr.

    I participated in last year’s challenge and had a blast. I am a little late out of the gate this year, but plan on catching up quickly!!! Thanks to Robert for creating this forum and all those who submit their work.

    Good luck to everyone and have fun!!!


  4. deringer1


    Shall I introduce myself?
    just an average person
    trying always to smile and be pleasant.

    friends? oh, sure, lots of them,
    always there when I need them
    always ready for the fun times.

    how am I? oh, just fine today
    thanks for asking.
    I am so blessed and doing great !

    Yes, my family is well,
    no, no problems at all

    how does my mask look?

  5. red021494

    hey guys, newbie here.

    Just wondering how will I know or rather where will I find the post of which I will post my poems? And about the last part of the guideline about submitting 5 poems, should I email Robert my entry or he’s the one going to choose which participants that had 5 entries he liked?Thank you very much. 😀

  6. Marjory MT

    OK, I am on board.
    This is new to me and I am learning the ropes
    (or maybe the buttons to push)
    to get posted while using dial-up.
    [ya I know it is old fashion – but all I got!]
    Managed day two and three.
    Day one is written but not posted after three trys.
    I am told : “Slow down – you are posting to fast”
    So think I will go get a coffee before I hit the “Post Comment” button.

    Thought to add a picture to my profile – but do not see “where-to”

  7. Erdewild

    I did this on my own last year, but didn’t keep up. This year, I’m rarin’ to go… Already have a draft done this morning for today’s poem!

  8. pmwanken

    Last year I jumped in with both feet, not knowing what I was getting into! This year…in spite of knowing what I’m getting into, I’m still jumpin’ in with both feet! April…ready or not…here *I* come!

  9. LitelWumin

    Okay…I’m in! Excited and bashful…never really poemed before…but am trying to make writing a daily do…

    🙂 Can’t wait for Sunday!!


  10. alotus_poetry

    I know this has probably been addressed before in the past, but I’m blanking out here. Do we have to post our poems here at Poetic Asides every day during April’s PAD to be considered for the “favorite poems of the month” submission? Or can we just write our poems in our own individual blogs or offline handwritten journal, and then submit to you our 5 best poems? Thank you!


    1. Kayla

      I’m with you on this one Kathy. Do we submit a poem on this blog each day? Or do we just send in our 5 best poems by May 1st? When you find out can you please let me know?

      Thanks a bunch!

      1. Walt Wojtanik


        We encourage and support the heck out of each other here and although you can post to your individual blogs with a link to reference your poems, many post here at Poetic Asides for the sense of community. Either way, when you submit your poems to Robert, you will be eligible for inclusion. Good luck and good poeming. Walt

        1. alotus_poetry

          Thanks, Walt! 🙂 I would love to post here daily, but I’m running on low energy at the moment and so I’m taking a semi-sabbatical from all things Internet/networking. Maybe next time I’ll join in the fun! I did it last year with the Chapbook Challenge (November), and it was a thrill!

          This time around, I’ll be posting on my own individual blog and use my handwritten journal, then submit. Thanks again!

  11. Alyssa McNulty

    I’ve never done something like this before but it looks like a lot of fun and I can’t wait until April 1st! Thank you for the opportunity!

  12. Linda Rhinehart Neas

    WHOOT! WHOOT! Can’t wait to poem away each morning…it will be a bit more challenging, since I am working (finally) all be it, part-time. My classes begin a 9 AM, so hopefully, I will be able to be one of the early birds with Walt and company!

    Happy Spring, everyone! Thanks, Robert!

  13. Willy

    Hi, Everybody! Gosh, it’s GREAT to be back and doing this again. Can’t wait to get started. I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna make it. I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. Thanks, Robert!! VRRROOOOOM!

  14. Ber

    Sounds brillant i will be studying for exams at this time but i am sure i will find a moment to take part as a way of releasing some built up tension from all my studies. Looking forward to it now well done Robert great idea. I am only new to this but its nice to be apart of it all and thanks

  15. Marcia Gaye

    Frantically tying up other projects, memorizing my sweetie’s face, laying in provisions, and placing sharpened skates at the ready. Can’t wait to see y’all again.

  16. Mary Mansfield

    Yaaayyy! It’s almost here, it’s almost here! When I jumped into the challenge in November, I had no clue what I was doing or what I was getting myself into. While I still lay no claim to actually knowing what I’m doing, I hope I’m a bit more prepared for this Poem-a-Day challenge.

    Thanks so much for putting this together, Robert! This should be a whole lot of fun 🙂


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