April Challenge: Laughter & Poetry

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of… laughter. April is Poetry month, so naturally, this month, we’re focused on poetry. But not just any poetry, we’re looking for ~gasp~ poetry that rhymes and makes people laugh! We can all use a little more laughter in our lives (especially after last month’s ‘conflict’ challenge!). Here’s this month’s theme in one simple line:

Make people laugh with your funny, silly, cheesy, or sincere rhyming poem

While not all poems need to rhyme, rhyming can add music and rhythm to your poems, making them fun and memorable. Here are a few tips:

A couplet format has two lines that rhyme at the end

Take a look
Write a book

A tercet is more complex. Out of 6 lines: Lines 1 & 2 rhyme, lines 4 & 5 rhyme, and lines 3 and 6 rhyme

Take a look
Write a book
Feeling queasy?
Take the time
To make it rhyme
Now it’s easy

A ballad stanza’s second and fourth lines rhyme:

Write a book
Feeling queasy?
Make a rhyme
Now it’s easy.

Lastly, try to keep the syllable-count of each line roughly the same. For more details, check out this wikihow post on rhyming poems.

To get started, click ‘Create’ and start writing a PICTURE BOOK and include the theme above. You do not have to use the specific methods noted above as long as your story rhymes in some way. Like stories, your poem should have a plot—a beginning, a middle, and an end. It should have characters—a protagonist and an antagonist. And it needs a setting—where does it take place?

Do the Challenge

Need some inspiration? Start here:


1. Theme of the month: Laughter & Poetry - Your challenge this month is to write a rhyming PICTURE BOOK that includes the theme. Remember, all stories submitted to the challenge must follow our community guidelines.

To be eligible for inclusion in the monthly roundup, you must submit your Picture Book by April 23, 2017.

2. Choose your artwork – Browse our library of images to find the artwork or artist that inspires you, or search for a specific theme. Choose the Picture Book format.

3. Submit - When you have finished your book, select “April Challenge” on the book details page before you submit to moderation. Please submit only ONE brand new story to this Challenge.

4. Eligibility – Any Storybird member can participate in our writing challenge. You join simply by participating. Paid membership is not required but it will allow you to display your beautiful badges like the one shown below, receive printable certificates for each challenge, and ensure your work is reviewed within 1-2 days.

5. Moderation - Paid moderation ensures your work is reviewed within 1-2 days. Learn more here. Otherwise, your work will be reviewed on a first-come, first serve basis and can take up to several weeks to be visible in the public library. We do try to accelerate Challenge entries because of the short timeframe, but there are no guarantees. Any book submitted to the Challenge before the due date will be eligible for the badge (regardless of when it gets moderated).

Do the Challenge

You must have a Regular account for your story to appear in the public library and to be featured on our blog and to earn the badge. Stories published from Student accounts are only visible to members of your class.

Featured artwork by Flapperdoodle, Valentina Rota, Claudio Cerri, and Julius Tan.

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