DON’T FORGET! The October 13, 2020 poetry challenge will feature the Carrot Ranch Rodeo poetry challenge! Carrot Ranch is famous for 99-word flash fiction, so I created a form called the Double Ennead, a 99 syllable form to challenge your word skills! There’s a few surprises with this form and the chance to win $25 for the top prize from Carrot Mark your calendars!

Guess what? It’s the first challenge for my favorite month of October… 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 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 ready! 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.

A simple yet powerful syllable counter for poems and text which will count the total number of syllables and number of syllable per line for poems like haikus, limericks, and more. #Recommended

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  • Write a poem using a form of your choice: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma – Except for the beginning of the month when you can use any syllabic form.
  • 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, #Renga, #Solo-Renga, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma, #Gogyoka

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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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  1. D.L. Finn, Author

    Thanks, Colleen, I will see what inspires me this week:)

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  3. Gwen M. Plano

    What fun! Thank you, Colleen. I’ve posted with Mr. Linky:

    Last week, I forgot to add my link to Mr. Linky (, so I’m doing so today. Sorry about that. 😉

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  9. Good evening, Colleen. We had a busy day today, 3 showings of our house and it looks like 4 offers so far. We will be in Prescott before we know it!!! Anyway, here’s my entry for this week.

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  22. Hi Colleen,
    Here is my link for this week😊 Have a good weekend.


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  24. Hello Colleen

    Here’s my Tanka for the week.
    Would love it if you could take time out to provide your feedback on the pivot used in my Tanka. 🙂

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  26. Hi, Sis! Happy Friday! Thanks for another fun challenge. I hope all is well and you’re healthy and happy. Enjoy the rest of the day! <3 xo

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  29. Hi Colleen- Sharing a Haiku! I hope you are well my friend.

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