Daily Prompts

The first National Haiku Writing Month began on February 1, 2011. On the NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook on that very first day, someone (I wish I could remember who) asked if it might be possible to have a daily writing prompt. I thought that was an excellent idea, so I provided a writing prompt each day of that first month—the very first prompt was “hands.” As the month drew to a close, the Facebook page’s hundreds of participants from around the world wanted the prompts to continue in subsequent months, and so the daily haiku prompts have continued, turning NaHaiWriMo into more of a IntHaiWriYear, or International Haiku Writing Year—or at least InHaiWriMo, or International Haiku Writing Month.). The enthusiasm and community has been wonderful (read comments about NaHaiWriMo). The following is a list of each of the prompters who have volunteered their time to inspire haiku on the site (most recent prompter listed first), linking to all of his or her prompts for the month. Prompts for the current month are added after the end of that month. You can also visit the NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook and click the monthly post pinned to the top of the page to read current prompts there. Starting in January 2014, all prompt words followed the alphabet (all January words starting with the letter A, February with B, and so on), a progression that ended with the letter Z, and the word “zyzzyva,” at the end of February 2016. Thanks to each of the following prompters for their haiku creativity, enthusiasm, and inspiration! You can read more about each volunteer prompter (starting with 2014 prompters) at Meet the Prompters.


“For anyone who is new to NaHaiWriMo, the idea is to write a haiku a day, using the prompts to help, and then to share your poem on the NaHaiWriMo Facebook page, if you want to. Interpret the prompts in any way you like and go off-prompt if a prompt comes up that you really don’t respond to. But even if a prompt doesn’t immediately inspire you, have a go anyway. I’ve sometimes found that a ‘hard’ prompt can give me a useful nudge out of my usual haiku habits. It’s delightful if you write something that you wouldn’t have written otherwise.”

—Alison Williams, Southampton, England

“Poetry is a battle against the prompter, which can only give us someone else’s lines to say. The poet has to speak his own lines, be in his own play.”

—Craig Raine, Gown, Spring–Summer 1990


The following lists provide links, where available, for prompts for all prior months. Where links are missing, currently from 2016 to the present, that content is available but has not yet been uploaded to this site.


2022

January: Peggy Hale Bilbro

February: Michael Dylan Welch

March: Mick Mezza

April: Susan Delphine Delaney

May: Jill Calahan

June: Linda Papanicolaou

July: Steve Ralph

August: Patty Hardin

September: Paul David Mena

October: Judith Gorgone

November: Randall Herman

2021

December: Gillena Cox

November: Roy Kindelberger

October: Linda Papanicolaou

September: Steve Ralph

August: Pris Campbell

July: Patty Hardin

June: Deborah P Kolodji

May: Lynne Jambor

April: Randall Herman

March: Barbara Strang

February: Michael Dylan Welch

January: Anne Burgevin

2020

December: Paul David Mena

November: Lori A Minor

October: Joshua Gage

September: Patty Hardin

August: Carole MacRury

July: Tia Haynes

June: Nicole Pottier

May: Patsy Turner

April: Terri L. French

March: Barbara Strang

February: Michael Dylan Welch — celebrating our TENTH ANNIVERSARY

January: Kathabela Wilson

2019

December: Peggy Hale Bilbro

November: Sheila Windsor

October: Tia Haynes

September: Nicholas Klacsanzky

August: Arvinder Kaur

July: Kirsten Cliff Elliot

June: Lynne Jambor

May: Patty Hardin

April: Devin Harrison

March: Randall Herman

February: Michael Dylan Welch

January: Margo Williams

2018

December: Michael Henry Lee

November: Marina Bellini

October: Corine Timmer

September: Jessica Malone Latham

August: Karla Decker

July: Roy Kindelberger

June: Patty Hardin

May: Deborah B. Shepherd

April: Lynne Jambor

March: Angie Werren

February: Michael Dylan Welch

January: Vinay Ravindranath

2017

December: Michael Henry Lee

November: Peggy Hale Bilbro

October: Hazel Hall

September: Grace Galton

August: Randall Herman

July: Patty Hardin

June: Marietta McGregor

May: Andrea Piscitelli Narciso

April: Karla Decker

March: Aubrie Cox

February: Michael Dylan Welch (see Jumble Box)

January: Vinay Ravindranath

2016

December: Devin Harrison

November: Anne Burgevin

October: Judith Gorgone

September: Helen McCarthy

August: Gillena Cox

July: Pass-the-Baton Month: 31 different prompters, one for each day

June: Patty Hardin

May: Shrikaanth K. Murthy

April: Robert Franson

March: Michael Rehling

February: Michael Dylan Welch

January: Peggy Hale Bilbro

2015

December: Marion Clarke

November: Michael Henry Lee

October: Rachel Green

September: Tamara Cobbiani

August: Vinay Ravindranath

July: Shrikaanth K. Murthy

June: Patty Hardin

May: Cindy Lutz

April: Devin Harrison

March: Paul David Mena

February: Michael Dylan Welch — celebrating our FIFTH ANNIVERSARY

January: Chrissi Villa

2014

December: Alison Williams

November: Gary Blankenship

October: Stella Pierides

September: Karla Decker

August: Kris Kondo

July: Vinay Ravindranath

June: Angie Werren

May: Patty Hardin

April: Andew O. Dugas (Haiku Andy)

March: Laura Williams

February: Michael Dylan Welch

January: Kat Creighton / Scott Abeles

2013

December: Deborah P Kolodji

November: Ruthanne Price

October: Patty Hardin

September: Pass-the-Baton Month: 31 different prompters, one for each day

August: Michele L. Harvey

July: Gillena Cox

June: Kathabela Wilson

May: Alan Summers

April: Carole MacRury

March: Stuart Zobel

February: Michael Dylan Welch

January: Violette Rose-Jones

2012

December: Patty Hardin

November: Kat Creighton

October: Scott Abeles

September: Johannes S. H. Bjerg

August: 31 different prompters, one for each day (see With Cherries on Top)

July: Kathabela Wilson

June: Alison Williams

May: Sheila Windsor

April: Linda Papanicolaou

March: Judith Gorgone

February: Michael Dylan Welch

January: Annie Juhl

2011

December: Stella Pierides

November: Carlos Colón

October: Pris Campbell

September: Johnny Baranski

August: Terri Hale French

July: Susan Delphine Delaney

June: Paul David Mena

May: Cara Holman

April: Melissa Allen

March: Alan Summers

February: Michael Dylan Welch

“Many thanks to the NaHaiWriMo community and the prompters in particular. For me the prompters are the kernel of this generous and fun group.” —Alex Benedict, Kensington, California

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