Celebrating Our Judge, Mary Ann McFadden

I confess, I’m pretty excited about today. Not only is it #WomanWritersWednesday, but we’re only a few days away from announcing our chapbook contest winners!

What better day, then, to celebrate this year’s phenomenal judge, Mary Ann McFadden? She’s not just a gifted poet; she’s a devoted and enthusiastic advocate for women’s poetry, and a proud supporter of QuillsEdge Press. If you’re in need of a good dose of strong poetry, check out this wonderful post from her website, featuring three of her poems – “After the Crash, the Old Fool Does Laundry,” “To Break It To Find It Again,” and “To the Lizard God.”

All three poems are featured in Mary Ann’s book, Devil, Dear (Alice James Books, 2014). Check it out – we think it may find a welcome place on your shelves of poetry by badass women.

Our wholehearted thanks to Mary Ann for her gracious and dedicated judging of our contest! ♥

Writing Prompt 30

Welcome to the thirtieth day of our 30/30!

After you respond to this prompt, I have a strict assignment for you: put on some insanely good music and have yourself a dance party. You did it! You are a poetry superhero!

Your prompt today is:

 

Within my hands
Alternatively: Without / Beneath / Above / Use a preposition that challenges
your hands’ usual behaviors or usage

 

Thanks for going the distance with us. It’s been a genuine delight. Whatever you do, keep writing!

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Guidelines, if you want them:

  • Posting your response is not required
  • Feel free to post your response   🙂
  • This is not meant to be the perfect first draft – respond without hesitation for 5-7 minutes, then keep going if you want to
  • While our prompts are geared towards poetry, we welcome all kinds of artists
  • Tips & encouragement are here

Writing Prompt 29

Welcome to the twenty-ninth day of our 30/30!

I can hardly believe it’s almost over. I don’t want to say goodbye.

Your prompt today is:

 

Maybe god tastes of
Alternatively: maybe [deity of your choice] [sense] [prep]…

 

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Guidelines, if you want them:

  • Posting your response is not required
  • Feel free to post your response   🙂
  • This is not meant to be the perfect first draft – respond without hesitation for 5-7 minutes, then keep going if you want to
  • While our prompts are geared towards poetry, we welcome all kinds of artists
  • Tips & encouragement are here

Writing Prompt 28

Welcome to the twenty-eighth day of our 30/30!

It’s our third-to-last prompt of the 2016 National Poetry Month. Admit it, you’ll miss this, won’t you. Maybe just a little?

Your prompt today is:

 

My third wish would be

 

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Guidelines, if you want them:

  • Posting your response is not required
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  • This is not meant to be the perfect first draft – respond without hesitation for 5-7 minutes, then keep going if you want to
  • While our prompts are geared towards poetry, we welcome all kinds of artists
  • Tips & encouragement are here

Writing prompt 27

Welcome to the twenty-seventh day of our 30/30!

Hand cramping up? Heels blistered? Pen out of ink? What a journey we’ve undertaken. We’re nearly there, dear ones. You’ve totally got this.

Your prompt today is:

 

Write a poem from the point of view of your feet.

 

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Guidelines, if you want them:

  • Posting your response is not required
  • Feel free to post your response   🙂
  • This is not meant to be the perfect first draft – respond without hesitation for 5-7 minutes, then keep going if you want to
  • While our prompts are geared towards poetry, we welcome all kinds of artists
  • Tips & encouragement are here

Writing Prompt 26

Welcome to day twenty-six of our 30/30!

Do you ever feel like you’re living in some kind of alternate poetry-filled universe? No, me either. Never. Not even remotely delirious with poetry.

Your prompt today is:

 

Next spring I refuse to

 

 

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Guidelines, if you want them:

  • Posting your response is not required
  • Feel free to post your response   🙂
  • This is not meant to be the perfect first draft – respond without hesitation for 5-7 minutes, then keep going if you want to
  • While our prompts are geared towards poetry, we welcome all kinds of artists
  • Tips & encouragement are here

Writing Prompt 25

Twenty-five. Do you know how awesome you are? Twenty-five days, and you keep coming back to take on these prompts. Your dedication is phenomenal.

Your prompt today is:

 

This is what I build:

 

 

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Guidelines, if you want them:

  • Posting your response is not required
  • Feel free to post your response   🙂
  • This is not meant to be the perfect first draft – respond without hesitation for 5-7 minutes, then keep going if you want to
  • While our prompts are geared towards poetry, we welcome all kinds of artists
  • Tips & encouragement are here

Writing Prompt 24

Here we go, it’s the twenty-fourth day of our 30/30!

You know what you’ve got? Grit. Also, moxy. You’re the real deal.

Your prompt today is:

 

The wind’s always talking about

 

 

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Guidelines, if you want them:

  • Posting your response is not required
  • Feel free to post your response   🙂
  • This is not meant to be the perfect first draft – respond without hesitation for 5-7 minutes, then keep going if you want to
  • While our prompts are geared towards poetry, we welcome all kinds of artists
  • Tips & encouragement are here

Writing Prompt 23

Welcome to the twenty-third day of our 30/30!

We’re on the home stretch, y’all. High fives all around.

Your prompt today is:

 

I always expected to make this journey:
Alternatively: I never expected to make this journey

 

 

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Guidelines, if you want them:

  • Posting your response is not required
  • Feel free to post your response   🙂
  • This is not meant to be the perfect first draft – respond without hesitation for 5-7 minutes, then keep going if you want to
  • While our prompts are geared towards poetry, we welcome all kinds of artists
  • Tips & encouragement are here

Writing Prompt 22

Welcome to the twenty-second day of our 30/30!

Your prompt today is:

 

What would you ask
your mirror to show you?

 

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Guidelines, if you want them:

  • Posting your response is not required
  • Feel free to post your response   🙂
  • This is not meant to be the perfect first draft – respond without hesitation for 5-7 minutes, then keep going if you want to
  • While our prompts are geared towards poetry, we welcome all kinds of artists
  • Tips & encouragement are here