A note to all my poets and readers: I’m switching back to the premium plan from the business plan and working with WordPress. The renewal for the business plan at $300 a year is much too steep for a struggling poet, like me… so, beware of glitches. Hopefully, everything will go smoothly. ~Colleen~

It’s the first of the month and you know what that means! Poets, choose your own syllabic poetry form, theme, words, images, etc. It’s up to you!


Are you looking for more inspiration for your syllabic poetry? Find an image on or experiment with “found poetry” to find some inspiration. Another option is to try some magnetic poetry. You still have to count syllables, but it’s like putting together a puzzle!

The Poet’s Collective features an index of Syllabic Poetry Forms. Check it out!

NEW RULES: Let’s make this challenge a true poet’s choice! Use any syllabic poetry form that you’d like. As long as there are syllables to count, you’re good to go! Be creative. If your form is something new, teach us how to write it. Have fun!

Don’t forget to add the URL of your published poem in Mr. Linky below.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet below, and/or any other syllabic form you’d like to try.

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables 

This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site to compose my poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab, then cut and paste your poetry into the box. Click the Count Syllables button on the button. This site does the hard work for you.

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  • Write a poem using a form of your choice: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Tanka Prose, Cinquain, and its variations, Ehteree, Nonet, and Shadorma.
  • Post it on your blog.
  • Include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the https:// address of this post into your post).
  • Copy your link into the Mr. Linky below (underlined with a hyperlink).
  • Please click the small checkbox on Mr. Linky about data protection.
  • Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.
  • Like and leave a comment below if you choose to do so.

The screenshot below shows what Mr. Linky looks like inside. Add your name, and the URL of your post. Click the box about the privacy policy (It’s blue). As everyone adds their links to Mr. Linky, you can view the other submissions by clicking on the Mr. Linky link on the challenge post. All the links will show in the order of posting.

Follow the schedule listed below:

Don't forget

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. 

If you add these hashtags to the post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often on Twitter:

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Tanka, #Tanka Prose, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma, #Gogyoka

Now, have fun and write some poetry!

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About Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry

Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at
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  3. Hi Colleen, I love to write poetry when it’s full moon! My poem is ready!

  4. Good luck with a smooth transition Colleen. And happy poetry making to all here.
    Sending love and well wishes Colleen.have a beautiful week. 💚🙏😘

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  7. I put a link in Mr Linky. I also did a ping back but it has not arrived yet.


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  11. It’s alright Colleen, as long as you’re doing it, I’m good💛


  13. I am late but finally here 💜 I hope all your sight problems are sorted now Colleen 💜💜

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  16. Oh… I didn’t even look at the date of the post… I suppose since it is poets choice I can use the same entry I posted on the ‘old post’ – (Yes, I’ll put it in the link) So here it is: Right Words to Leave By?

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  18. Your blog looks very nice and organized, Colleen. I’m happy that I made the change from the Business plan back to the Premium plan. It took a while to get things situated but I am pleased with the end results.

    I contribute to a site – PoetrySoup – It’s a great site that offers a syllable counter, grammar checker, and more. It’s free to join and another place for your poetry. I contributed many poems and have met a lot of talented poets,

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  26. It looks like everything is working OK now? I’ve just added mine–I decided to have a bit of fun with a double butterfly cinquain on the butterfly effect.

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  29. THanks Colleen. Another bird. (K)

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  31. I had a hankerin’ to post this week – and look!

    Also, and people have probably commented, I found that the cheatsheet was unavailable due to some WordPress nonsense. Thought you should know just in case.

    • I just updated the cheat sheet on the side menu. None of those pages came over and I’ve had to recreate them all! So frustrating! 🤦🏼‍♀️

      • I wish it’d been easier, too… dead links are terrible for SEO, and yet WP makes it so hard to keep that up. I’ve never gone off the free plan (hence why I have buttloads of terrible looking ads), but at least there’s consistency?

        • The spam is back, but you get that everywhere. You know, they’ve updated the block editor enough that I don’t need the plugins I needed before. It all works better now. Thank goodness!

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