Every April and November, Robert Lee Brewer from Writer’s Digest posts daily prompts. April’s prompts are in celebration of National Poetry Month and November’s prompts are an alternative for poets to participate to National Novel Writing Month. And after writing 30 poems, you’ve definitely written a chapbook — a significant amount of work.
These prompts are a fun way to learn new poetic forms and it’s a challenge to produce something when then topic is assigned, rather than selected by you. I choose not to participate publicly (by submitting my poems in the comments of his blog), but I do like the idea of writing with lots of people around the world, all of us noodling on different interpretations of the same topic. I’ve written poems from the prompts during these challenges that have been published. This year, he’s included daily interviews with many poets who are new to me. Right now, he keeps the prompts from previous years archived on the site, so you can go back and do previous challenges at your convenience.
He also features weekly prompts during the rest of the year on his blog, Poetic Asides. If you can’t write for awhile, it’s nice to know that you can always start again on any week with fresh prompts waiting for you. Join in the fun! Check it out: http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides