The WD Poetic Form Challenge is your opportunity to write and share a poem (the imayo this time around) for a chance to get published in the Poetic Asides column in Writer’s Digest. Deadline: September 30, 2021.

Since we just finished a WD Poetic Form Challenge, let’s start another one. This time around, we’ll write the imayo, a Japanese 4-liner (or 8-liner, depending on how you break your lines). Find the rules for writing the imayo here. While four lines might sound a little irregular for a Japanese form, it’ll seem very familiar when you see how those lines break.

So start writing them and sharing here (on this specific post) for a chance to be published in Writer’s Digest magazine–as part of the Poetic Asides column.

Note on commenting: On this new site, you have to set up a free Disqus account and then scroll to the bottom of this page (or any page on the site) to register with the site (also free). Then, you can start commenting away!


Play with poetic forms!

Poetic forms are fun poetic games, and this digital guide collects more than 100 poetic forms, including more established poetic forms (like sestinas and sonnets) and newer invented forms (like golden shovels and fibs).

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Here’s how the challenge works:

Challenge is free. No entry fee.The winner (and sometimes a runner-up or two) will be featured in a future edition of Writer’s Digest magazine as part of the Poetic Asides column.Deadline 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, GA time) on September 30, 2021.Poets can enter as many imayo attempts as they wish. The more “work” you make for me the better, but remember: I’m judging on quality, not quantity.All poems should be previously unpublished. If you have a specific question about your specific situation, just send me an email at Or just write a new imayo. They’re fun to write; I promise.I will only consider the imayo poems shared in the comments below. It gets too confusing for me to check other posts, go to other blogs, etc.Speaking of posting, set up a free Disqus account at to comment on this post at the bottom of the page.Please include your name as you would like it to appear in print. If you don’t, I’ll be forced to use your user/screen name, which might be something like HaikuPrincess007 or MrLineBreaker. WD has a healthy circulation, so make it easy for me to get your byline correct.Finally–and most importantly–be sure to have fun!

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