Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Writing Poetry - OctPoWriMo

This October will be our 6th annual month long poetry challenge!

If you love to write poetry, you love a good poetry challenge, and you are missing April's NaPoWriMo then you are in the right place. Six years ago I decided that if there were multiple novel writing months why not have another poetry month. October is a great time to challenge poets to a poem a day for thirty one days.

It is easy to join us and play along. First go to our OctPoWriMo Link up to add your blog, write poetry during October, and then come back to share it with us in the comments of the daily challenge/prompts on OctPoWriMo and share on Twitter with the hashtag #OctPoWriMo. You can also share it on Facebook in the Poets on the Page Group. You can grab the badge on this page or go to Poetry Badges to choose another and link it back to here to let others know about the challenge.

If you need inspiration you can check out our Daily Poetry Prompts that we will share on the OctPoWriMo blog but you can write from your own inspiration as well. Visit at least a few of your Poetry neighbors. Make sure you tweet with the hashtag #OctPoWriMo to let everyone know when you have a new poem posted!

It is that simple. We begin the countdown and sharing poetry tips and more September 1st through September 30th. We begin OctPoWriMo poetry prompts on October 1st through October 31st. We look forward to reading and sharing poetry with you!

Since we began this challenge in 2012, many poets/writers have participated in this challenge both on and offline. The one thing that really sticks out for me, besides all of the sharing and interaction between the poets, is how much the poets/writers stretch their writing during this challenge, how deep they take it, how much it pushes them to take their words that much further. I also love how every single person is accepted, inspired and encouraged no matter where they are in their poetry, whether they are brand new or have been writing for years. I look forward to exploring poetry with you!

If you would like to share your past experiences with OctPoWriMo as a guest post or included as a quote in one of our posts during September, email Morgan Dragonwillow at morgan _ dragonwillow @ hotmail . com (make sure you take out the spaces) with OctPoWriMo in the subject line.


  1. It would be helpful to have a list of the daily prompts to get the creative juices flowing. I just finished the Haiku Heights Sept. challenge and it was helpful to have the prompts for the month on my calendar.
    It's just a thought...maybe you write the prompts as you post them...I understand.
    I just found your site...thru Leo. I have been working...tho I'm retired and time to read my emails has been of the essence.
    This is an interesting idea you have for the prompts...I hope it catches on. A few participants lead to many.
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

    1. We actually do the prompts daily. We are blessed with many participating through this website, Twitter (using #OctPoWriMo) and on our Facebook page Writing Poetry Group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/100274680128833/

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing word love.


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