This is my first time participating and I am excited and really nervous! I usually write in prose but I would love to improve in the area of poetry, and my poetry definitely has room for improvement. I thought this would be a great way to challenge myself and really push myself to practice my craft. Whether I write well, badly, something amazing (doubtful) or just something ok, I still think this is a great way to challenge myself in an area in which I’m weak. I’m going to prepare myself by studying up on the different types of poems, reading and re-reading all different types of poetry, writing short poems to practice writing poems, studying up on the variety of literary devices and making sure to eat well and get a good night’s sleep the two or three nights before the the marathon begins. I am really looking forward to this!