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Mark your calendars to take part in our Hawkeye Haiku Contest—a free, online haiku writing competition for all ages. You don't have be an Iowa Writers' Workshop grad—or even have ever written a haiku prior—to take part. Just develop one traditional haiku (5-7-5 syllable pattern) that captures an aspect of a specific theme to be revealed on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021.
Deadline to enter is Monday, Nov. 15, at noon (CT).
The contest begins at 9 a.m. (CT) Wednesday, Nov. 3, and runs through noon (CT) Monday, Nov. 15. At the start of the contest, we'll provide you with a theme for your haiku. The rest is left up to your imagination. Submissions must be in a traditional haiku format and composed in their entirety before the deadline. All contestants will receive the same theme, which will be posted here at 9 a.m. (CT) on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021.
We'll narrow down the entries to five winners (one from each age category), whose stories will be posted here on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021.
The contest is free and open to UI alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of all ages. One winner will be selected from the following categories:
The haiku first emerged in Japanese literature during the 17th century, as a terse reaction to elaborate poetic traditions, though it did not become known by the name haiku until the 19th century. (source: https://www.britannica.com/art/haiku)
Haiku has evolved in many forms over time. To keep everyone on the same page, we are asking contestants to follow the traditional 5-7-5 syllable pattern. The structure of a contestant's haiku should capture the following:
Contestants may only submit one haiku entry for this contest.
An old silent pond...
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.
The season gives way.
Winter lays down her mantle,
As spring bursts to life
A winner in each of the four grade school categories will win an Iowa scribe pack that includes a writing journal, canvas bag, and $25 Bookshop.org gift card.
Adult: A $25 Bookshop.org gift card and copy of two books written by Robert Hass, Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus and the 2018 Truman Capote Award winner: "The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, & Issa" and "A Little Book on Form: An Exploration into the Formal Imagination of Poetry."
The entry of the top winner in each category will also be featured in the live, online broadcast of Holidays with the Hawkeyes on Sunday, Dec. 5 (4 p.m. CT).