5 Things You Can Do Before Starting the November PAD Chapbook Challenge!

I’m excited to begin the 4th annual Poetic Asides November PAD Chapbook Challenge tomorrow. While the April challenge draws more comments, it doesn’t surprise me that many poets actually prefer the November challenge. For one, I just love writing during this time of year (and I’m sure other poets do too). Also, this challenge helps give focus to assembling a collection of poems, which can be a lot different than just writing one poem.

But November is a busy month for many, so I thought I’d share a few things poets can do to get ready for the November PAD Chapbook Challenge:

  1. Pay all your November bills. Once the prompts and poems start flying, you may forget to complete your regularly scheduled activities like paying the bills. So take care of them now to avoid realizing in December that you missed a payment.
  2. Stock up on food and water. These daily poem challenges can strike in ways that are similar to a natural disaster, so stock up on the essentials. Remember: Time that you’re not at the grocery store can be time spent writing.
  3. Set your out of office message. Since you’ll be writing poems all of November, there’s no reason for you to mislead folks into thinking they’ll receive a response to their e-maill messages before sometime in December (or January even).
  4. Buy earplugs. The outside world, including those who co-habitate with us, can be loud and ask questions and want help doing things and nag us poets about taking out the trash and doing the dishes, etc. If you use these bad boys, you can tune it all out.
  5. Get plenty of sleep tonight. Because starting tomorrow, you’ll be up at all hours of November filling every second with a line and/or line break. Seriously.


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And follow and report progress on Twitter through November by using the #novpad hashtag.


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18 thoughts on “5 Things You Can Do Before Starting the November PAD Chapbook Challenge!

  1. PKP

    Welcome to Wendy, Leo & Liz…. Check out the Chapbook rules…. My personal opinion. Wendy, If you have a theme terrific, if it doesn’t hinder you wonderful. Good question, not sure if and how new format of logging in has changed anything in terms of whether poems considered published…. Liz, usually just submit, or not right here on a daily basis, and then e/ mail chapbook per I striations to Robert… Leo, not usually a set time sometime on the morning.again check the rules. Welcome folks, happy poeming to ALL… 🙂

  2. Wendy Stevens

    I do have some questions. This will be my first November challenge. If I post my poems on this site during the month, but none are accepted for the challenge at the end, will I still be able to publish any of the poems somewhere else, or would they be considered already published? That’s my one fear, that I will have wrote these poems, and won’t be able to do anything with them in the future. That I’ll have 30 or more useless poems.

    For the chapbook challenge, do you center on a theme, and use the daily prompts to further that theme? I have a theme in mind, and wonder if you guys think that would hinder the poeming process or help it. I can’t see having a chapbook of random mish moshed poems. Unless, of course, that’s what you were aiming for.

  3. De Jackson

    Love this post. And oh (my aching poetic heart) that ANY of these 5 things were actually possible today. 😉 Have a feeling it’s gonna be a drive-by poeming kind of November, but will be around the fringes, for sure.
    Love and good words to you all.

    1. Robert Lee BrewerRobert Lee Brewer Post author

      You can include poems daily in the comments of each prompt throughout the month, and you can e-mail me a manuscript of 10-20 poems during the month of December via e-mail. Check out the official guidelines (link in post above).


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