Every week, we share an image from recent news coverage and writers have six days to submit an original poem inspired by the image. The winning work will be selected for publication on the Poets Reading the News platform and shared with thousands of readers via our newsletter and social media channels. Good luck!


Dear Poets,

We are taking a week’s hiatus from the poetry challenge to focus on the exciting live events we’re creating in November! Please check back next Tuesday, November 12th for the latest challenge.

With love,




“Precedent 45” -Rémy Dambron

“Whose Father” – Jane Yolen

“To the Blonde Jester” – Adam Davis

“The Span of a Year” – Taylor Balfour

“Incantation Against Burning Amazon Rainforests” – Stephen Scott Whitaker

“Not Wolf” – Danielle Mitchell

“Three Eulogies” – Monaye

“Moving Money: A Sermon” – Jane Yolen

“Gweilos” – The Poet Mj


“Death by the Numbers” – Mary Turck

“40 Acres and a Tool” – Mernine Ameris

“Ghosts in the Machine” – Chandra Steele

“Exclusion” – Emily Jo Scalzo

“Harvest” – Devon Balwit

“Masters of the Universe” – Alejandro Escudé

“A Day Made of Atoms Like Ours” – Jed Myers