30/30 Poetry Challenge 2013
from start to finish | off the couch | out of luck | sometimes you have to walk away | schizophrenic ice cream cone | things people say | valley | rusty cage | second fiddle | windshield wipers | getting old | subliminal subluxation | address book | trickle down | snow deeper than thoughts | after the math | nebula | cheap earrings | conundrum | stars | this round | myopic inclinations | lottery | favorite relative | sidewalks | mountain | three new fish | looking in the mirror | another life | what's left | Late? No problem, we'll add as they come in (be patient).
Welcome to the 30/30 Challenge
A few housekeeping details -
- A prompt (randomly drawn from a collection) will be sent out each day, starting March 31, via email. You should receive the prompt no later than 12 noon.
- Poems should be returned (submitted) via email no later than 12 noon the next day. This will give you 24 hours to complete the day's challenge.
- You may submit your poems as text in the body of an email (preferred) or as an attachment in MS Word. Please no PDFs or image files.
- Please keep the formatting simple.
- Please include whatever attribution you would like - authors name, nickname, etc. If you are a student we would appreciate knowing what school you are attending.
- Poems submitted for publication on the website should (fingers crossed here) be available for viewing by the evening of the day they were submitted.
- The web address for the published poems will be 3030poetry.com.
Submit poems to email@example.com.
Thanks for participating.
Example of preferred format for submissions -
Title (if any)
Name (full name, nick name, alias - your choice)
(school if student)
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 poets at 3030poetrykids.com.
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. Poems submitted are posted on the 30/30 website.
In what format can I submit my poems?
All poems should be submitted in plain text - preferably in the body of an email, not as an attachment. Due to the volume of poems processed, formatting should be at a minimum. Please avoid unusual spacing, coloring, etc.
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 “ideal” 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
What else is happening with 30/30?
We may tweet out selected pieces of poems with the hashtag #3030poetry. You’re free to join in or respond. We’ll also be posting selected work to the WXW Facebook Page. As the month progresses we plan to display selected poems in the windows at yBar and - perhaps - other North Street establishments.