NAPOWRIMO 2020 Poetry Prompts Index

By on Apr 30, 2020 in Issue Archives, Poetry

Poetry spelled out in magnets

Yesterday concluded the National Poetry Month writing challenge, where many poets strive to write 30 poems in 30 days. If you played along, I hope you tried some new types of writing and found inspiration in Wild Violet’s prompts. For convenience, all the prompts for April 2020 are listed below. Each prompt includes tips for both adults and children.

In addition, if you are interested in viewing the poetry workshop I did earlier this month for the Emmaus Public Library, I’ve embedded the video.

Happy May and keep writing!


Poetry writing workshop by Pennsylvania poet and editor, Alyce Wilson. What do you need to know about writing your own poetry?

Posted by Emmaus Public Library on Saturday, April 18, 2020


Prompt 1: Object

Prompt 2: Dream

Prompt 3: Literary Inspiration

Prompt 4: Alliteration

Prompt 5: Get Small

Prompt 6: Acrostic

Prompt 7: Color

Prompt 8: Art as Inspiration

Prompt 9: Definition

Prompt 10: Overheard

Prompt 11: Spring

Prompt 12: Haiku

Prompt 13: Tanka

Prompt 14: How To

Prompt 15: Neighborhood

Prompt 16: Twenty Questions

Prompt 17: Seven Days

Prompt 18: Firsts

Prompt 19: Sounds

Prompt 20: Telling Untruths

Prompt 21: List (Litany)

Prompt 22: Celebration (Encomium)

Prompt 23: Road Trip

Prompt 24: Fractured Sayings (Idiom)

Prompt 25: Shapes (Concrete)

Prompt 26: Weather

Prompt 27: Hope

Prompt 28: Past, Present, Future

Prompt 29: Letter (Epistolary)

Prompt 30: Persona


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.