by Nathan Moore and Dana Guthrie Martin
This year, in addition to the joy of writing a poem every day as part of the Read Write Poem NaPoWriMo Challenge, we are offering to include one poem from every person who completes the challenge in the Read Write Poem NaPoWriMo Challenge Anthology.
Below are the guidelines for inclusion. You can also refer to the announcement post about the anthology for more details.
Those who will be included in the anthology must:
- Take the Read Write Poem NaPoWriMo Challenge pledge by or on April 1.
- Write a poem each day during the month of April (or one or more longer poems with different sections drafted and posted each day).
- Post new work each day. There are two options for this: If you have a blog, post the work there and leave a link here in the comments section of each day’s prompt. If you don’t have a blog, post the poems themselves in the comments section of each day’s prompt.
- To be included in the anthology, you must post each poem on the correct day of the month. *
* Note: We will give you some leeway based on where you live. Read Write Poem is administered from two U.S. time zones — Pacific Time and Eastern Time, but we know others are in various places around the world and will take that into account when determining if your poem was written on the appropriate day.
- On May 1, we will publish a post in which people can let us know they finished the challenge. That post will include a deadline and an email where completers can send their top three poems from the challenge. *
* Note: You can edit the poems you submit if you like — and we encourage taking another look (or looks) at the work — but they have to somewhat resemble the drafts you write during the challenge. That is, don’t write new poems for the anthology. That’s a no-no.
- We will review the top three poems everyone sends in and select one from each person for inclusion in the anthology. *
* Note: If a poem is long, we will work with the author on an excerpt. Participants will have a lot of poems to share, and we need to give each poet equal “time” in the collection.
- The final document will be edited, designed and shared as an electronic file at issuu.com, and it will be a glorious record of everyone’s work, creativity, commitment and achievement.
- Collaboration is cool! If you choose to write collaboratively authored poems, that’s great. And if you write with someone else, you can both use the poem as that day’s submission.
- Contributors must write at least half their poems in response to daily, member-authored Read Write Poem prompts. You can get fancy and write a single poem that merges two or more prompts from various communities — which could be an amazing challenge in itself — and that’s OK, too. Any poem that responds to Read Write Poem prompts, even if it is in addition to another community’s prompt, will count toward your 50-percent threshold. *
* Note: For purposes of inclusion in the anthology, the poems you write to our prompts can be shared any day of the month — not necessarily on the day we post them. We’re tying to make inclusion in the anthology as fun, and easy, on you as possible.
We have included this last guideline because some have asked if they can post their poems to more than one challenge. That’s fine, to a certain extent. What we don’t want to see are people simply dropping off their links on as many NaPoWriMo sites as they can find. We could easily end up with an anthology that has more than 2,000 contributors, and that would not make for an editable — or readable — anthology.
And remember — if you miss a day (or two or three), you are not out of luck! Though you will not qualify for the anthology, we are also raffling off a few “gently used” poetry books from our own poetry collections. Every person who takes the pledge on or before April 1 — and at least attempts to write a poem each day during April — will be included in that raffle.
Dana Guthrie Martin founded Read Write Poem in 2007 as an extension of her work as co-founder of the Poetry Thursday site. She writes poetry and prose, and lives in the Seattle area with her husband, her robot and her two hermit crabs.