2017 April PAD Challenge: Next Steps

We did it!

Here are some numbers for the 2017 challenge:

  • 30 days
  • 34 prompts (including 4 “Two for Tuesday” prompts)
  • 12,000+ comments (and counting)
  • 1 incredible 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 more on that in a moment (see below), but I’m sure at least a few of you are wondering about how the judging will happen, when results will be posted, and so on.

Poets spent all month writing poems, and many of you shared them on the blog. Now that we’ve made it through the month, I’ll start pulling the comments from each day’s post and start reading through them.

The poems that speak to me the most from each day will be highlighted in a post later this year; I’m shooting for September 15, 2017. The announcement will be on the Poetic Asides blog.


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So that’s it?

Well, no, of course not. There’s a lot of poetry-related mischief happening at Poetic Asides throughout the year, including:

  • Wednesday Poetry Prompts. Yeah, we get together to poem on hump day throughout the year.
  • Poet Interviews. I’ve interviewed more than 100 poets on here over the years. In fact, maybe even more than 200. I don’t keep count, but each and every interview is a snapshot into another poet’s poetic outlook, process, and more.
  • Poetic Forms. Every month or so, I share a new poetic form I’ve found. And that leads to…
  • WD Poetic Form Challenges. These free challenges are devoted to a poetic form, and the winning poem/poet is featured as an example of the form in Writer’s Digest magazine.
  • November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge. It’s like April, but it gets even more involved, because the ultimate goal is to produce an amazing chapbook of poems.
  • And more! I don’t know what yet, but I’ve had some great guest post pitches, and I get bored easy–so who knows what tricks I’ve got up my sleeve?!? Seriously, because I don’t.

Still got questions? That’s cool. Drop them in the comments below, or send me an e-mail at robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com.


roberttwitterimageRobert Lee Brewer had a lot of fun in April again. He wrote and shared 30 poems on the blog, but he also (as tends to happen) wrote many more poems on the side. Plus, he started a novel for his boys, who asked for it. He hopes you’ll continue poeming along on Wednesdays until November, when the November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge begins.

Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which means he gets to do a million things to help writers find more success with their writing (including this blog). He’s also the author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53).

Connect with him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.


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18 thoughts on “2017 April PAD Challenge: Next Steps

  1. Laura T

    So much has happened since April! Did I miss this: “The poems that speak to me the most from each day will be highlighted in a post later this year; I’m shooting for September 15, 2017. The announcement will be on the Poetic Asides blog.”
    I can’t find it anywhere. Is it yet to be? Thank you for all your hard work. I have, particularly, been enjoying reading the “Why I Write Poetry” sections.
    Thank you

  2. Bruce Niedt

    So I presume we won’t be sending you our five personal favorites from April like last year, Robert? (And once again, thanks – can’t believe I’ve been doing this for 10 years!)

  3. Asha1000

    Thank you, Robert, for your prompts, your humor and your poems. Thank you to all the poets who made poems for thirty days – congratulations to all! It fun doing April’s PAD with you.

  4. serenevannoy

    Thank you, Robert! It was my most productive poetry month to date, and I even liked some of the poems! Sometimes I wish you were interacting with us in the comments, though.

    1. Walter J Wojtanik

      De, Michelle and I are no more exceptional than the rest of the contributors here. I’ll speak for myself, but I’m pretty sure they’d agree. We are only reflective of the brilliance around us. As Serene aptly interjected, we are all awesome in our own right. Each and every poet should walk proudly whether you posted one poem on one day or multiple poems for the course of April. We are all learning as we go. This was my 9th April PAD. I still feel I can find room to improve. I celebrate each of you in your talent and abilities to express it!

  5. JRSimmang

    I’ll agree with Marie Elena. This month’s leisure, for me, resulted in one of the most productive months of writing I’ve had in a while. I think there were more conversations between poets this year as well.

    By the way, Robert, could you repost the link to the Poem Locator? It’s on Day 15 for those of you who wish to find your poems in a hurry.

  6. Marie Elena

    I have to admit that I’m happy for this simpler, less competitive challenge. It has a good fellowship feel to it. Thank you so much again for all you do for the poet community, Robert. And for your poem samples for each day for us. You rock this whole gig!

  7. candy

    Thanks Robert. Thanks for April, and Wednesdays,and interviews, and forms, and challenges, and November and especially for creating a nurturing place for poeming.


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