How does it work? 12 Poems

Can you write 12 Poems in 12 months?

Welcome, poets!

We’re so glad you’re here. 

In 2019, we tried writing 12 poems in 12 months for the first time and we’ve been writing every month since then. This is a place where you can write, share, and connect with other poets. We believe that poetry is important, and we want to help you create your best work.

This challenge is FREE.


How does it work?

  1. Once the prompt is published you have about four weeks to write and submit your poem.
  2. You must only submit your poem on deadline day.
  3. Post one poem and comment on four poems.
  4. Please be constructive, but kind.

Why write poetry?

Poetry is a way to express yourself in a unique and creative way. It’s a way to explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Poetry can be funny, sad, angry, or hopeful. It can be about anything and everything.

Poetry is also a way to connect with others. When you read a poem, you can learn about someone else’s world and perspective. You can feel their emotions and share their experiences. Poetry can bring people together.

Why do we need a challenge?

Poetry and procrastination: A love-hate relationship

Poets and procrastination have a long and complicated history. On the one hand, poets are often seen as being highly creative and imaginative individuals. On the other hand, they are also known for being notorious procrastinators.

There are a few reasons why poets might procrastinate. First, the process of writing poetry can be quite daunting. Poets often feel a lot of pressure to create something that is both original and meaningful. This can lead to feelings of anxiety and self-doubt, which can make it difficult to start writing.

Second, poetry is often a very personal form of expression. Poets may feel reluctant to share their work with others until they are sure that it is perfect. This can lead to procrastination, as poets may keep rewriting and polishing their work until they are never quite satisfied with it.

Finally, poets are often perfectionists. They may have a very high standard for their work, and they may be afraid of failing to meet that standard. This fear of failure can lead to procrastination, as poets may put off writing until they feel like they are in the perfect mood or have the perfect idea.

Despite the challenges, there are also some benefits to procrastination for poets. Sometimes, the best poems are written under pressure, when the poet is forced to work quickly and intuitively. Additionally, procrastination can give poets time to reflect on their work and to make sure that it is truly the best that it can be.

So, why do poets procrastinate? There are many reasons, but it is important to remember that procrastination is not necessarily a bad thing. It can be a way for poets to deal with the anxiety and self-doubt that comes with writing, and it can also give them time to refine their work.