Ends on April 30, 2021
What is a Haiku?
A haiku is a type of short form poetry originated in Japan. These poems traditionally contain 17 total syllables in three lines. Line one is 5 syllables, line two is 7 syllables, and line three is 5 syllables. However, this contest does not require that authors strictly follow the traditional form. We do recommend that any poem submitted contain less than 20 syllables with a short / long / short arrangement.
Haiku are traditionally nature based and often follow a seasonal theme. They do not rhyme. Juxtaposition is an essential element of this form of poetry: haiku may closely connect two contrasting images or compare unexpected similarities.
Haiku also employ a “cutting word”, known as a kireji in Japanese. This is a word that provides a verbal punctuation mark separating the juxtaposed images. There is no English equivalent to a kireji so English writers sometimes use a dash or another form of punctuation to create a break or pause that gives readers a chance to reflect on the connection between the two parts.
A selection committee will choose three winners, one each in the following categories:
- Students ages 12 and younger
- Students ages 13 to 17
- Adults ages 18 and older
Three winners will each receive a $100 prize, and the winning Haiku will be published on stjohnsculture.com, in our electronic newsletter and in the AC PAPA literary journal.
We will select up to 6 honorable mentions (two in each category) that will also be published on our website and in our newsletter. Each honorable mention will receive a $25 gift certificate to a local book store.
- Each applicant may submit up to four haiku.
- Include all haiku in a single document.
- All haiku must be previously unpublished and original.
- By submitting an application, you grant the St, Johns Cultural Council and Ancient City Poets non-exclusive electronic and print publication rights, including the right to publish on our website and in our newsletter and literary journal. A parent or guardian must provide their consent to publish student poems.
- Authors retain copyright and may republish following publication on stjohnsculture.com
To apply, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 5 pm on April 30, 2021 and attach a single document containing the following information:
If you are applying in a Student category, you must include your date of birth and the school you attend.
Provide a brief statement explaining your writing background and how you became interested in writing poetry.
Up to four haiku. Each haiku should have a title and follow the traditional haiku form.
Winners will be selected and notified no later than May 15, 2021.
For examples of haiku, visit https://www.readpoetry.com/10-vivid-haikus-to-leave-you-breathless/