Hello, poets! We have twenty days to go until NaPoWriMo! Just like last year, I will be posting prompts each day, as well as featuring participants’ sites.

However, I’d like your help in coming up with prompts. If you have a good idea for a poetry prompt (it could be an idea for a form, a restriction, subject matter, etc), please let me know at napowrimonet-AT-gmail-DOT-com. If I select your prompt, I’ll credit you, and if you are participating in NaPoWriMo, I’ll link to your site as well.


  • http://littlepoets.wordpress.com Joyce Shaban

    Last May, I recreated Napowrimo but geared it towards children. I tried to get in a month of poetry prompts and had the poets post their work on a facebook page called Little Poets.

    Each blog post has engaging prompts that proved to be fun for all ages. Some have poem generators, and many forms of poetry were covered. I invite you to take a look at my blog.


    • http://www.reenhead.com reenhead

      Hi Joyce–

      This looks like a wonderful site! Thank you for sharing it.

  • http://maggiemendus.wordpress.com Maggie

    I would like to suggest a prompt for a villanelle. It is a French form with five stanzas of three lines and the last stanza has four. In iambic pentameter, the rhyme scheme is ABA in every stanza, but the last is ABAA. Line one repeats as lines 6,12, and 18. Line three repeats as lines 9, 15, and 19. Therefore, lines 18 and 19 are the same as lines one and three. However, slight changes in wording or with punctuation can be made in the repeat lines for added interest. This is encouraged so the poem does not feel stilted.

    • http://www.reenhead.com reenhead

      Thanks, Maggie!

  • http://maggiemendus.wordpress.com Maggie

    I have some other suggestions, if you don’t mind. One is poems of loss (of any kind). Another is to write an ekphrastic poem (poetry about a specific piece of art, reaction to it, conversation with the artist, in whatever creative way the poet would like to express it. Or perhaps, as I did with fourth graders a few years ago, “write the rain,” in other words, write about rain (or a storm) without using the word “rain” or “storm.” And one more: Write about what you would change if you had the power to do so.

    Hope you find something useful here.

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