Join the NaPoWriMo Challenge

By on Apr 5, 2014 in Blog

National Poetry Month against watercolor background

In honor of National Poetry Month, Wild Violet invites you to join the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge of writing 30 poems in 30 days. Since we are getting started a little late, here are five prompts to inspire you. Use them or not, as you like, and feel free to share your results. We prefer that you post your poem elsewhere: on your blog or as a Facebook post, for example. Then share the link(s) in the comments.

  1. Write a tanka (see for info on the form).
  2. Write a poem out of season: use imagery from one season to describe another.
  3. Write a found poem based on words discovered in books, signs, or other sources.
  4. Write a poem about something you saw or did today
  5. Write a nonsense poem, or write a nursery rhyme.

Please note: Poems shared in the comments are not considered published in Wild Violet.


Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry and infrequently keeps an online journal. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags ; her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, and her newest poetry collection, Owning the Ghosts, can all be ordered from her Web site, In late 2019, she published a volume of poetry by her third great-grandfather, Reading's Physician Poet: Poems by Dr. James Meredith Mathews, which also contains genealogical information about the Mathews family. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative son, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.