Poetry News

2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Results

The 2014 November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge results are in, and I can’t wait to share the winner. I always shoot for Groundhog Day to make the big announcement, but I don’t always hit that mark. The only reason I’m a day off this time around is that the competition was so fierce. A...

2014 April PAD Challenge: Final Results

(UPDATE: All the winners and finalists have been announced!) First off, the final results are not yet finalized for all the days. That’s my fault. While I secured guest judges, I alone took on the burden of whittling down each day’s poems to a short list. Next year, I plan to recruit a team...

2014 April PAD Challenge: Next Steps

Whew! What a poetry challenge! Here are some raw numbers: 30 days 35 prompts (including 5 “Two for Tuesday” prompts) 21,515 comments (and counting) 30 guest judges 1 amazing month! So, what’s next? First off, there’s a lot of poetry and poeming that happens around the Poetic Asides blog throughout the year. I’ll share...

This Week in Poetry: 001

Time to start a new feature. I’m not sure if this will stick or not, but it seems such a no-brainer that I should share links to poetry news I come across during the week. If this is interesting or helpful, let me know, and I’ll keep getting them together. Have a great weekend!...

Call for Submissions: 2015 Poet’s Market

I originally posted this information on the WritersMarket.com blog, but since this one covers poetry exclusively, why not re-post here? If you have a great idea for an article pitch, I’d love to hear it. If not, you should at least be able to submit some poems for consideration. Running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta,...

Poetic Asides Round Up: 001

Wow! I recently asked for round ups from the Poetic Asides readers, unsure of what to expect as a response. As usual, you all surprised me–in a great way! Unfortunately, that meant I couldn’t share all the information I received, but I tried to share a lot of it. And I want to encourage...

Poetic Asides Round Up Request

Earlier this morning, I had a “duh!” moment related to the Poetic Asides community. I hope you can help me out. As many of you know, the Poetic Asides readership and community brings together a wide range of poets at various points in their writing time lines. Some have been writing for years (if...

Call for Poetry Submissions for the 2013 Poet's Market!

I was going to wait until tomorrow to break this news, but it’s probably tomorrow (or close to tomorrow) in some parts of the world already. So here’s the news: I will consider poetry submissions for the 2013 Poet’s Market. 20 previously unpublished poems will be selected for publication in the book, and the...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: The Bop Winner

Once again, I was floored by the quality of poems submitted. Once again, I had a tough time whittling the entries down into a short list. Once again, I struggled to narrow the short list down to a Top 10. And yes, once again, it was difficult choosing a winner. But, once again, I...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: The Bop

What better way to follow up The Big 10 challenge than with The Bop! This form, developed by Afaa Michael Weaver, incorporates several elements, including a refrain, problems, resolutions, and more. Click here to learn how to write The Bop. As in previous challenges, the poet who writes The Bop that I like best...

Interview With Poet Annie Finch

Annie Finch is the author of four books of poetry, including Eve, Calendars, The Encyclopedia of Scotland, and Among the Goddesses: An Epic and Libretto. Her book of poetry Calendars was short-listed for the Foreword Book of the Year Award and in 2009 she was awarded the Robert Fitzgerald Award. She has performed poetry...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: The Big 10 Winner

I’m a little late and may have pushed myself just a little too much today, but Tammy helped me near the end, and I’ve got the results to The Big 10 Challenge! After reading through pages and pages of great poems (and more than a little spam), I finally landed on a winner for...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sonnet Winner

As expected, there was a lot of interest in the sonnet challenge. And it was a fun experience to judge all those 14-line poems, but only one could come out on top and be in the July/August issue of Writer’s Digest. The winner is Bruce Niedt for his sonnet “Two Writers.” Bruce actually threw...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 15

After today’s poem, we’ll be half the way to completing this challenge. (Oh yeah, and some people might have to do their taxes today–just a reminder.) Also, I want to let you all know that nominations are currently being accepted for the 2011 Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere. I was awarded this honor along...

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 1

I just returned from a 20-hour road trip. Since I need a little time to get sleepy after loading up on caffeine, I might as well get this month’s challenge started early. Click here for April Poem-A-Day Challenge guidelines. ***** For today’s prompt, write a “what got you here” poem. For instance, write a...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 129

In just two days, we’ll begin the 4th Annual Poetic Asides April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge. Be sure to invite friends to play along. All the prompts are set, and I can’t wait to start poeming. Click here to learn more about this fun challenge. As a result of the challenge, this will be the...

2011 April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge: Guidelines

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...

Guest Post Guidelines

Guest posts are a great way to share your voice with a new audience while promoting your blog, book, and/or whatever else you have going on. If you’re interested in sharing your poetic knowledge with the Poetic Asides community, then read these guidelines to figure out how to get the ball rolling. Here’s what...

Interview With Poet Aaron Belz

I’m so happy to share Aaron Belz with the Poetic Asides community today! Credit: Thomas Crone In 2010, Aaron’s second collection of poetry–Lovely, Raspberry–was released by Persea Books. Before that, there was the The Bird Hoverer, which Boston Review called “masterfully strange.” Aaron is an English professor at Providence Christian College (in Pasadena, California)....

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sonnet

I expect this challenge to be super competitive, challenging and fun! After all, the sonnet is one of the more popular and flexible forms available to English-writing poets. Click here if you’re unsure how to write a sonnet. (It’s basically just a 14-line poem with a flexible rhyme scheme. There’s a general rule of...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sevenling Winner

This may have been the most difficult challenge I’ve had to judge yet. The writing was so good that more than 40 poems made my first cut and nearly 30 made my second cut. Then, it got really tough trying to narrow down to a Top 10 and a winner. (Click here to read...