Submit Your Third Poem For the 2020 Writing Challenge Today

Three cheers for our third poems. March is done and we’re well on our way in the 12 Poems in 12 Months Challenge. I am so glad you are part of this kind writing community. Remember submit one poem on the day of the deadline and read and comment on four poems.

I will accept and approve posts for Mother from 1 April 2020, 8:00 (Johannesburg time | GMT +2:00), until 2 April 2020, 8:00 (Johannesburg time | GMT +2:00) on

Please ask Google to figure out what time that will be in your part of the world.

Please submit your poem on

  • Log in.
  • Select Submit – Write Poetry
  • Complete the form.
  • Select the correct category: Poetry Prompt 3: Mother
  • Do not select any other category.
  • Submit for approval.
  • Read and comment on four other poems. Please spread the love. Look for poems that haven’t been read, instead of everyone reading and commenting on the same poems.

Those of us trying it for the first time this post may find this post helpful.


  1. This is an exercise in discipline. The comments are a bonus. There is no prize because I want you to focus on writing for yourself and to try and take more risks.
  2. Be kind when you comment. Start with a positive comment, suggest an improvement, and end with something positive. We are here to learn.
  3. Our next prompt is at the end of this post.

A few more points:

  1. I will try to read as many posts as possible, but I do have a day job that I would like to keep.
  2. NO hate speech. None. If you see something nasty that I should be made aware of, please send me a message.
  3. Be careful of profanity.
  4. I need to approve every post. Please be patient with me. I am teaching during the day and I will approve them as quickly as I can. They will all go up.

Can I still join?

You can join the 12 Short Story or Poetry Challenge in any month. So, if you start in June, that will be month one for you and then May 2020 will be month 12. Sign up on

And here is Prompt 4: