lest your words remain tight buds
never to blossom
Our Haiku Contest is no longer just on Twitter! Which is a good thing 'cause you've got only a few more days to submit those lyrical gems.
Poets may now send poems to email@example.com (although tweets labeled #bplhaiku are still encouraged)!
Contestants still must register and agree to the terms at http://www.bplonline.org/programs/haiku/
The youth competition is open to poets ages 13-17, and the adult competition is open to poets 18+.
Any Alabama resident is encouraged to submit.
In conjunction with the Japan America Society of Alabama (JASA) and the Southeast Chapter of the Haiku Society of America (HSA) the contest is part of the annual Sakura Festival. The primary event of the Festival will take place at the Japanese Garden at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Saturday, March 22, 2014.
A haiku is a short poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience of nature or the season intuitively linked to the human condition. For more information, see http://www.hsa-haiku.org/archives/HSA_Definitions_2004.html
- Must be an Alabama resident.
- Contestants must submit a registration form.
- To enter the adult competition, must be over 18.
- To enter the youth competition, must be 13-17 (13 by the registration date).
- Library staff and immediate family members are ineligible.
- Haiku must follow the official Haiku Society of America definition as linked above.
- Contest began on February 23rd and runs through March 15th.
- A winner will be selected each week for the adult division and the youth division.
Poems must be submitted by Saturday at 11:59 p.m. to be considered for that week.
- The winner in each division will be announced via the library Twitter @bpl early
the following week.
- Contestants may only win once.
To learn more about this beautiful and timeless poetical form, check out these books from the Birmingham Public Library:
- Bashō’s Haiku: Selected Poems of Matsuo Bashō, translated and with an introduction
by David Landis Barnhill
- The Haiku Anthology: Haiku and Senryu in English, edited by Cor van den Heuvel
- The Haiku Form, by Joan Giroux
- The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku, by William J. Higginson
- Haiku in English: the First Hundred Years, edited by Jim Kacian, Philip Rowland,
- Haiku Moment: An Anthology of Contemporary North American Haiku,
edited by Bruce Ross
- The Haiku Year, variousA History of Haiku, vols 1&2, by R.H. Blyth