I may make updates to this post as we go along. If I do, I’ll put a little
“updated” message at the top of the post with the date.
This is the initial post for the 2011 April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge, and
it will be used to give the general guidelines for the 4th annual challenge.
Main Objective: Write some new poems during the month of
April. I provide the prompts (and my own poetic attempt); you write the
April 1-30: Beginning at some reasonable
time on the morning of April 1, I will provide a prompt. I will repeat this
around the same reasonable time (usually between 8-11 a.m. Ohio-Georgia time)
throughout the month.
May 5: Each participant will submit his/her five (5) favorite poems from the
month. Rules for how to submit are included below.
July 4: After running the
Peachtree Road Race in the morning (unless I get up super early), I will make an
announcement of the top poems from the month and who the 2011 Poetic Asides Poet
Laureate will be (and possibly a few other notes of recognition).
July 5: We’ll set our sights on
the fourth annual November PAD Chapbook Challenge. (Or so I hope.)
Guidelines during the month:
- Poets should write a poem each day of April. (After all,
this is the main goal of a poem-a-day challenge, right?)
- Following the daily prompt is optional. (However, I will
only consider poems at the end of the month that follow the prompts and specify
which prompt prompted them.)
- Posting poems on the Poetic Asides site in the Comments section is
optional. (Reason: I know some poets have voiced concerns regarding the
difficulty in posting comments and the possibility that posting can make a poem
considered “published” in the eyes of some publishers.)
- Participation is free.
- No registration is required.
- I will not be able to delete poems once they are added to the
Guidelines for possible recognition:
- Submit the 1-5 poems you wrote in April that you want considered as
possible Top 50 poems for the month. Those who submit more than 5 poems
will be disqualified. (Notes: To be considered for Poet Laureate, you will
probably need to submit 5 poems, since I’ll be looking for a consistency in
- For each submitted poem, indicate which day and which prompt
inspired the poem. I always try to stick to an honor system on these
types of things, so please don’t submit poems written before the challenge.
- Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the Subject Line: My 2011 April PAD Submission.
- Submissions should be sent by 11:59 p.m. (Georgia/Ohio
time) on May 5, 2011. (Any received after this time will be
- Poems should either be submitted either in the body of the e-mail or
as a .txt or .doc file. (Note: You should be able to
include in the body of the e-mail at the very least.)
- I will choose a Top 50 for the month or Top 10% (whichever overall
number is fewer).
- Most likely, I will only select my Top list from the actual
submissions, but I may notice a poem or two during the month from reading poems
posted in the Comments section. (Note: This is one extra reason to consider
posting your poems in the Comments if you’re wishy-washy on doing so.)
Okay, I think that covers the basics, but like I mentioned earlier, I will be
updating these guidelines from here on out. So if you have any questions, please
leave them in the Comments for this specific post.
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