Blackout Poetry Mini-Challenge


You’ve made it to Hour 18 of Dewey’s Read-A-Thon! It’s the middle of the night where I live. The sun has been down for hours and I’ve been reading poetry all day.

It’s time for Blackout Poetry!

Your challenge is to create some blackout poetry and share it wherever your Read-A-Thon updates are (blog, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Goodreads, etc.). Use the #readathonblackout hashtag!

How do you make blackout poetry?

You will need some text on paper that you are comfortable using a marker on. It can be an old book, newspaper, magazine. Anything will work. Then you’re going to use a black marker (or another dark color if you don’t have black) to mark out most of the text, leaving a poem behind.

I think it helps if you take a good look at the words beforehand. Decide which ones in the text you like best and work around them. I made a teeny tiny poem to give you an idea.

A photo posted by Elizabeth (@elizabethmelle) on

A photo posted by Elizabeth (@elizabethmelle) on

Need more examples? Here you go.

To be eligible for the prize (3 PaperBackSwap credits OR volumes 17, 18, and 19 of The Walking Dead — your pick!):

  • Create your blackout poetry.
  • Take a photo of it and post it on your blog, Instagram, Twitter, wherever you like.
  • Leave a comment with your link!

This challenge will be open until the end of Read-A-Thon and a winner will be chosen at random.

Can’t wait to see your poems!

We have a winner!

readathon blackout poetry random number winner

#7 Madison Gordon

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