Writing Prompt: National Poetry Month Daily Write-In!


Happy Wednesday, writers and shark fans! I hope your week is everything you’ve hoped for.

In the meantime, it’s Writing Prompt Wednesday! AND National Poetry Month!

For the month of April, to celebrate National Poetry Month, we’re going to share a series of words that you can write poems to. We’re going to attempt to write poems that center around the word, and we’re also going to attempt to write a second poem that uses the word in the poem. Either option is acceptable, or some other interpretation you come up with!

Lit Shark and Lit Pup also invite you to share your own interpretations of the prompt. If you would like to submit your work to be featured as a Creative Highlight on our blog, please use the Lit Shark or Lit Pup submission portal that is age-appropriate for you (and please note the name of the writing prompt you used!).

Every Monday, we will review the submissions we have received since the previous Wednesday’s prompt. We understand that writing and art creation are fluid, so responses to ALL of the writing prompts on our site will be considered on a rolling basis.

We cannot wait to see what inspires you and how you address this prompt—and we hope you will submit your work!


The Writing Prompt


Here are the words for this week. We’ll share more next week!

April 1: Open Wound

April 2: Reconsider

April 3: Clockwork

April 4: Our Own World

April 5: Jealousy

April 6: Rituals

April 7: Deeply Rooted

April 8: Ghosted

April 9: New Plan

Again, we’re going to attempt to write two poems per day: one that focuses on the concept for the day (i.e., rituals) and one that uses the word (i.e., ghosted) in the poem. Feel free to use one of these approaches, or simply use the word to launch you in the direction that creatively works best for you.

Now It’s Your Turn!


Now it’s your turn to share, share, share! We would love to read the creative pieces you write and art you create. (Feel free to submit your responses to as many or as few of these prompts as you would like—no pressure and all are welcome.)

Whether we publish the piece or not, we will give you a little feedback, but our favorites will be shared between Tuesday and Friday as Creative Features on our blog. Some may also be considered for our next issue of Lit Shark or Lit Pup.

Please submit your creative and artistic responses (including the name of the prompt you used!) to the Lit Shark portal if you are 18/older and to the Lit Pup portal if you are under 18.

We understand writing and art creation is a fluid process, so submissions will be considered on a rolling basis. Every Monday, we will select several pieces to be featured, no matter which writing prompt was used.

We look forward to reading your words soon! Happy Inspiration to all!

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Written By McKenzie Lynn Tozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan (she/her/hers) lives and writes in Europe with her family (originally from the Midwest). In addition to being the Editor-in-Chief of Lit Shark Magazine and the Banned Book Review, she is a novelist, poet, and book reviewer. She received her MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University and her BA in English/BS in Education from Indiana University South Bend, where she began her work in publishing. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, Young Ravens Review, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and Encore Magazine, among others; and her book reviews and essays have appeared in The Rumpus, Green Mountains Review, Memoir Mixtapes, The Life Collective, Her Journal, Motherly, and more. When not writing, she enjoys reading, appreciating nature, and spending time with her husband and three children.




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