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Prompt for April 30
disconsolate trajectory

WXW 30/30 Poetry Challenge

Who is this challenge for? It's for everyone - poets, non-poets, realtors, bankers, students, truck drivers - anyone who wants to have a little fun, try their hand at creativity and grow their brain two sizes. There is a separate kid-friendly challenge for younger, pre-teen poets and a challenge reserved exclusively for the Young+Brave (teens).

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How does it work?

You sign up to receive the daily prompt. You receive the prompt via email each day (starting March 31) between 10 and 11A (est). The prompts will also be posted on the WordXWord Facebook page and via Twitter. You then have 24 hours to write a poem in response to the prompt and submit it via email to the 30/30 or 30/30 Kids Challenges. Poems submitted are posted on the 30/30 website or 30/30 Kids website. Teen poets will self publish to a closed Facebook Group (details upon registering).

In what format can I submit my poems?

Poems must be submitted as plain text in the body of an email. Please, NO ATTACHMENTS. Due to the volume of poems processed, formatting should be at a minimum. Please avoid unusual spacing, coloring, etc. In other words, no progressive indenting for visual effect, no use of color or images.

If you submit this:

line one
        line two         big space effect
                line three

it will look like this after it is copied and pasted into the 30/30 page:

line one
line two big space effect
line three

What does “in response to the prompt” mean?

This is wide open - you are free to use the prompt anyway you choose as a jumping off point for creating a poem. Some people take a quite literal route and actually incorporate the prompt. Others use it tangentially. It’s up to you.

Do I have to do a poem everyday?

Of course you don’t have to, but it’s a lot more fun (and challenging) if you do.

How long do the poems have to be?

There is no minimum or maximum length.

Do I have to include my name?

You are free to use whatever attribution you prefer including initials, first name only, pen name, or alias. It’s up to you, but it’s more fun if you take credit for your efforts and it makes it easier for others - including your friends - to follow along with your challenge.

Can you give me an example of the best format for a submission?

- Prompt/Date (just to make sure we know which day the poem is meant for)
- Poem Title (leave blank if no title)
- Poets Name (or intials, alias, pen name, etc)
- Body of Poem

Submitted as plain text with no special formatting (see example above)

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