A cool autumn breeze carries familiar, childhood scents. Memories of seasons past wash over you, and you feel a swell of emotion, rising like the Harvest Moon on the horizon.
For this challenge, we want you to write a Prose Poem about your favorite season. Spring, fall, winter, summer…whichever you like!
Prose Poetry is exactly what it sounds like—poetry written in a prose style. This means that, like prose fiction (i.e. novels, short stories), there are no line breaks. However, Prose Poetry does utilize poetic language and tools like repetition and sonic devices, as well as luscious descriptions, similes, and metaphors.
When writing a Prose Poem, there a few things you should remember:
- Think of it like poetry, not fiction: this isn’t really a story. You’re putting your heart on the page like a poet, not a novelist. And poets use figurative language.
- Don’t use line breaks: You can use paragraph breaks, but you shouldn’t be writing lines of poetry.
- Include free association: Free association is your mind wandering. Does that orange remind you of a pumpkin? That pumpkin of Halloween? Halloween, which means candy?
Be sure to recall the feelings and events that make this season special to you. Read this guide to writing Prose Poetry to help you with this challenge.
- Search Storybird's art library for your favorite season: spring, fall, winter, summer. Choose an image that inspires you and select "Use this art for a LONGFORM story." Only the first chapter can be submitted to the challenge, but you can continue your story beyond one chapter if you choose. If you publish additional chapters, do not select the Challenge when you submit to moderation.
- Write a Prose Poem in the LONGFORM Storymaker. Make sure to include poetic devices and ideas.
- Don’t use line breaks.
- Use sensory details to evoke feelings about your favorite season.
- Don’t just tell us what happens, show us with interesting actions and details.
- Edit! Make sure you wrote everything the way you wanted to write it and that you’re happy with your work. Check for typos, grammar, and punctuation.
- Once you’ve finished, give your Longform chapter a title. It should relate to your story and grab the reader's attention.
- Now you’re ready to enter your story into the challenge. Publish your chapter and submit it!
- While you're waiting for moderation, read at least three entries below and leave feedback for the authors. Read this guide for tips on giving (and receiving) constructive criticism.
** Remember, when you're writing on Storybird (or any website) you should never include personal information like your name, your school, or your hometown. Also, Storybird does not allow stories that are violent, offensive, or based on other people's characters or ideas. Read these community guidelines for more reminders on how to stay safe and have fun online.