Well hi there! On behalf of Poetry Crew, welcome to the beautiful April Poetry Garden also known as National Poetry Writing Month (NaPo). NaPo starts April 1 and is filled with poetry-fun. Here's where you're going to be able to collect all your seeds & supplies (important NaPo links!) and find an index of all your fellow 2023 Poetry Gardeners. Let's fill the site with sweet sweet poetry this year and watch it grow!
This thread is also for you if you are running a contest or jam, or have a word of encouragement, or a question come up you are more than welcome to comment below. Grab a few seeds and jars for poetry jam, and let's get going!
What is National Poetry Month aka NaPo?
National Poetry Month is celebrated all over the globe and is a month-long celebration of all things poetry during the month of April. The classic challenge is to write 30 Poems in 30 days, one for every day in April. You don't have to do 30 poems to participate in NaPo on YWS though, in fact, there'll be a host of challenges and opportunities to earn badges too. (YWS's Poetry Challenges can all be found in our Badge Thread.)
In addition to being challenged to write poetry, we'd also love for you to join us in reading poetry by commenting on other people's NaPo threads and joining in our poetry discussions and write-ins throughout the month too! While you tend to your own poetry garden, don't be afraid to share a little sunshine with your neighbor even if it's just a small comment or a few likes on their thread! This is what makes NaPo so fun on a Social Community-Geared Site like YWS.
How do I participate in NaPo?
To participate in National Poetry Month, you actually don'thave to post your poems through the publishing center (though you are encouraged to fill the lit center with poetry this month). To be considered for the badges and also to let everyone else admire your poetry please make a new thread (just one) in the NaPoWriMo Forum to post your poems in. If you're interested in working towards the Badges please be sure to number your poems!
As a little thread maintenance we do ask poets to observe two things!
* If you are using mature themes or strong language in your poetry, be sure to use a content warning or rating indication before the poem to give readers a heads up please.
* Please choose "comments welcome" as a sticker on your thread if you are open to comments and refrain from commenting on threads that don't have that sticker. Leaving comments is a great way to support and encourage each other during NaPo. Watch out for other ways to participate in Poetry Jams (poetry-write-ins), discussions, and contests throughout the month.
We'll be rolling out a Frequently Asked Questions thread in the next week to hopefully cover all the other basics, but until then, if you have questions don't hesitate to ask!
- Poetry Crew 2023