2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge Rules

First off, the November PAD Chapbook Challenge is all about the fun and
poeming! During the month of November, don’t worry so much about finished
drafts; just get the rough drafts cranked out each day. After all, you’ve got
December (and the rest of your life, for that matter) to edit.

That said, let’s bring on the bulleted list:

  • You do NOT have to register anywhere to participate in the challenge.
    (Though if you want updates from the blog each day, you can sign up for an
    e-mail update or via RSS in the upper left-hand corner over there.)
  • The Challenge will begin at some point on the morning of November 1 (Eastern Time
    U.S.). The time can vary, but don’t worry if your day is ending as this blog’s
    is beginning, because…
  • The Challenge will continue until noon (Eastern Time U.S.) on December 1.
  • Beginning December 1, all participants will have the month of December to
    revise and organize their November poems into manuscripts of 10-20 pages (no
    more than one poem per page, though it’s okay to have one poem that runs for
    multiple pages).
  • By midnight January 5, 2011, poets will need to e-mail their manuscripts
    (saved as either .doc or .txt) to me at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the
    subject line: My 2010 November PAD Chapbook MS
  • Poets do not have to post their poems to the blog to participate, BUT it’s a
    lot more fun for everyone if you do. (And remember: This is all about fun and
    poeming, yo!)
  • I’ll go through the manuscripts with the assistance of my wife, Tammy Foster
    Brewer (who’s actually had two chapbooks published now, so she’s kinda like an
    expert), and we’ll announce a winner on Groundhog Day 2011.

This is the official rules post, so if I’ve overlooked anything, I’ll make updates to this post (and date it at the top of the page). Please spread the word and let the anticipation build.

Can’t wait to see
everyone in November!


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73 thoughts on “2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge Rules

  1. Leslie M. Levy

    I’m coming in late, but since we didn’t need to register or post before we turn our chapbook in, I figured I’m okay as long as I write a poem per prompt from here to the end of the month. I’ll have to do two or three a day, but that’s okay. I’ve had a lot going on, but I decided that if I don’t have something I’ve obligated myself to, I won’t prioritize writing daily and I NEED to do that. So hopefully I will have something to turn in in January! 😀

  2. de jackson

    I have the same question as Pam Winters…can slightly older (obviously yet unpublished) poems be introduced into the chapbook collection, so long as the majority were actually written this month? If so, do they need to be revised first? For me personally, I’m actually talking about a poem or two I wrote just last month, for the weekly Wednesday prompts. Thanks. de.

  3. Pam Winters

    Anyway, I need some clarification on the chapbook part of the challenge.

    I’m trying to write to a theme. I thought that was what was done last year, when I couldn’t do the challenge. So I intend to choose my poems from the ones that are on that theme.

    But how much can we change them? What if our revisions take us in a direction in which the initial draft is scarcely recognizable in the one we submit?

    And must our chapbook submissions contain ONLY poems written in this November bout? (I’m assuming yes, but since I’ve been working the same thematic ground for years, it’d be nice to know.)

    (And Barry, I think the answer to your question is "yes"–that is, we’re not submitting everything we write for the daily prompts in November.)