Submit Your Fourth Poem For 2019

Submit Your Fourth Poem For 2019

It’s time to submit your fourth poem for 2019. The prompt is ‘Gender’ and I look forward to reading your poems.

his month there are no specific guidelines and it’s quite a change after the strict and challenging guidelines of the sonnet. I was almost at a loss for a time without the rigid rules. I hope you enjoyed the freedom of this month’s poem.

I will accept and approve posts for GENDER from 1 May 2019, 8:00 (Johannesburg time | GMT +2:00), until 2 May 2019, 8:00 (Johannesburg time | GMT +2:00) on

Please ask Google to figure out what time that will be in your part of the world.

Please submit your poem on


  1. Log in.
  2. Submit (Top right).
  3. Complete the form.
  4. Select the correct category: Poetry Prompt 4: Gender
  5. Do not select any other category.
  6. Submit for approval.
  7. Read and comment on four other poems. Please spread the love. Look for poems that haven’t been read, instead of everyone reading and commenting on the same poems.

Those of us trying it for the first time may find this post helpful. How To Write & Talk About Poetry


  1. This is an exercise in discipline. The comments are a bonus. There is no prize because I want you to focus on writing for yourself and to try and take more risks.
  2. Be kind when you comment. Start with a positive comment, suggest an improvement, and end with something positive. We are here to learn.
  3. Our next prompt is at the end of this post.

A few more points:

  1. I will try to read as many posts as possible, but I do have a day job that I would like to keep.
  2. NO hate speech. None. If you see something nasty that I should be made aware of, please send me a message.
  3. Be careful of profanity.
  4. I need to approve every post. Please be patient with me. I am teaching during the day and I will approve them as quickly as I can. They will all go up.

Can I still join?

You can join the 12 Short Story or Poetry Challenge in any month. So, if you start in June, that will be month one for you and then May 2019 will be month 12. Sign up on

Here is my poem for ‘Gender’: 

I Am Here by Mia Botha

I am
I am here
I am here today
I am here today instead
I am here today instead of in a kitchen,
in a bedroom,
in my place.
I am here because
my mother,
my sister,
my aunt,
my grandmother
I am here today instead

And here is Prompt 5 for 2019:

Poem 5 For 2019_ In a field

P.S. If you are taking part in the 12 Poems Challenge, join the group on Facebook: 12 Poems in 12 Months

 by Mia Botha

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The Poems Challenge: Click here to read all the poems.