Submit Your Third Poem For 2019

Submit Your Third Poem For 2019

Are you taking part in our 12 Poems Challenge? If you are, it’s time to submit your third poem.

Sonnets are not for the faint of heart. Not only are my syllables stressed, but I am a nervous wreck. Not sure if I mastered the ‘feet’, but I sure tried. Did you know a successful batch of macarons also have feet? Macarons are said to be hard to make, but after writing a sonnet I think those are the feet I’ll be sticking too.

I hope you enjoyed the sonnets, I did, even though I’m moaning about it. Well done to everyone who was up to the challenge. I look forward to seeing them on the site.

I will accept and approve posts for WRITE A SONNET from 3 April 2019, 8:00 (Johannesburg time | GMT +2:00), until 4 April 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 3: Write A Sonnet
  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 this post 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 ‘Write A Sonnet’:

A Sonnet by Mia Botha 

Every single line needs exactly ten
Til then you better not put down your pen
Syllables are the way you make it sing
The meaning is the most important thing

Each word must convey a certain greatness
There is no room for juvenile vagueness
Poetry is really hard to write 
Line them up and keep those syllables tight

Fourteen lines will get you right to the end
Like a little word garden, you should tend 
The words shall bend to your poetic will
alas three quatrains need a couplet still

And so, you said you would like a sonnet
It seems that I am already on it

And here is Prompt 4 for 2019:

Poem Prompt 4 - 12 Poems Challenge


 by Mia Botha

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This article has 1 comment

  1. Brandon

    A couplet tells a whole story, so if your story is more involved than just a couple of lines, write more couplets to put together to form a longer poem. The rhyming scheme would be A, A, B, B. This means that the first two lines rhyme, and then the third and fourth rhyme.

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