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 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.