WD Poetic Form Challenge: Monotetra Winner

These form challenges are fun and good at accomplishing at least one thing: They burn the forms into my brain. Such has been the case with these monotetras. After reading over the poems (many of them multiple times), I found myself thinking in 8-syllable lines with 4-syllable refrains. I’m surprised there weren’t more poems that played with the echo idea (echo idea).

Click here to read all the entries in the Comments.

The winner of the monotetra challenge is: Elizabeth Johnson with her poem “Learning to Write.” Congratulations, Elizabeth!

Here’s Elizabeth’s winning poem:

Learning to Write, by Elizabeth Johnson

I wrote a poem and thought it fine.
Its rhyme and rhythm sure did shine.
I sent the magazines a line–
“Will you print mine? Will you print mine?”

They wrote me back and said, “Not yet–
We think it is a nice vignette;
But when you write, please don’t forget
What tense to set.” What tense to set?

Turns out, before my poems commence
I must choose past or present tense.
I have no words in my defense!
It all makes sense. It all makes sense!


I loved Elizabeth’s poem and hope you did as well.

Here’s the complete Top 10 list:

  1. “Learning to Write,” by Elizabeth Johnson
  2. “Of Insomnia and Execution,” by Brian Slusher
  3. “It wasn’t me,” by Tracy Davidson
  4. “Poet-in-transit,” by Jacqueline Hallenbeck
  5. “End of Year Blues,” by Cara Holman
  6. “Outta Touch,” by RJ Clarken
  7. “Hard Times at the Office,” by Margaret Fieland
  8. “Stalemate,” by Nancy Posey
  9. “Bare Love,” by Laurie Kolp
  10. “Getting Our Feet Wet,” by De Jackson

Congratulations to everyone who made the Top 10 list! It was a tough list to make. I had to make some very difficult decisions once I whittled the list down to 21 poems.

Thank you to everyone who participated! I can’t wait to start the next WD Poetic Form Challenge sometime in the next week or so. Stay tuned!



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The winner of this WD Poetic Form Challenge will be published in the January issue of Writer’s Digest. Click here to learn more about this awesome magazine for writers.


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20 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: Monotetra Winner

  1. Jacqueline Hallenbeck

    Hi, everyone:

    I had no access whatsoever to PA last night. Thank Goodness today I was able to get on. I almost went into PA withdrawal. ^^

    Congrats, Elizabeth, I so totally love your piece.
    Congrats to all. It’s so cool to make the top 10.
    Robert, this by far has been the most fun I had with a poetic form. =)
    Now on to today’s prompt. I love Wednesdays! <3

  2. Sara McNulty

    First, let me congratulate all the winners.
    Secondly, I must confess to how I apparently put all my entries
    into wrong place. If anyone cares to read them, they are under
    the original paragraph on monotetras and what they entail. I clicked on Monotetras.
    Oh well. Guess I didn’t follow directions.

  3. Colette D

    Wow, RJ! I was looking for your poem, couldn’t remember where I saw it or who wrote it but wanted to read it to my kids who have now caught that silly band fever… so I’m double happy you placed!!! Congrats!

  4. Amy Barlow Liberatore

    CONGRATS Elizabeth and all winners! You are all braver and more up to the task than I – this was one form I could not get going in my muse.

    Thanks, Robert, for continuing to post these prompts, which indeed challenge mind, spirit, and fingers. Many pats on the back to all who attempted it, even if you didn’t make it into the Top Ten. It’s all about the journey, the exploration.

  5. RJ Clarken

    Elizabeth – I love (loved?) ☺ your monotetra! Definitely an "I wish I’d written that!" moment!

    Congrats to the other winners. It’s great to see so many friends on the list.

    And Robert – thanks! ♥