NaPoWriMo Prompt – Day 7 (Epistolary)

By on Apr 7, 2014 in Blog

Pile of letters in red


It is Day 7 of the NaPoWriMo challenge (30 poems in 30 days). Monday tends to be a frantic day for many people, a day when we might think about people we care about but don’t have time to contact them. Let’s set that straight with today’s prompt!

  • Write an epistolary poem, or a poem that serves as a letter for someone you know, or an historical or imagined individual. For inspiration, check out Fredrick Zydeck’s “Letter to Ranek about Making Peace with the Land,” which appeared in Wild Violet (Vol. V Issue 2, Thresholds)


Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry, keeps an online journal, and is working on a book, Belated Mommy: How to Cope With Being an Older Mom. 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 (which she plans to update this year); her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; and her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, can all be ordered from her Web site, She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative third grader, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.