Whenever I add “Two” to anything–an event, a movie, a contest–I cannot help adding the words “Electric Boogaloo,” all because of this movie, which I never even saw. I realize that by linking to that video I run the risk of all comments on this post being only about cheesy 80’s movies, but that is a risk I am willing to take.
However, silliness aside, this post is the official announcement for the second annual haiku contest hosted by The Dassler Effect. Here are the results from last year’s contest. Here are the list of fantastic prizes for last year, which were culled from the junk in my room 🙂
Well, it is past time to hold this contest again. Here are the rules:
- Compose two haiku, one on the Autumn season, one on the Winter season. Technically, haiku should consist of three lines with 5-7-5 syllables respectively, and somewhere in the haiku there should be a word that evokes the season that the haiku is about (it need not be the word “Autmn” or “Winter”). No titles are necessary.
- Mail your entries, either in an email or as a Word attachment, to email@example.com, preferably with the subject line “Haiku contest” by Monday, October 20th.
- The winner(s) of the haiku contest contest will be announced, hopefully, on my birthday, All Saints Day–whatever you prefer to call it–on November 1st.
I say “winners” because there will be prizes for best Autumn haiku, best Winter haiku, and best overall pair, which will be the grand prize winner.
“Prizes,” you say? Well, yes, of course, a contest must have prizes. Alas, this is one part of this announcement which is incomplete, because I have not completed compiling the amazing list. I do know that it will include a voucher to have one picture taken by the me, of the winner’s choosing, which I will matte and frame and either deliver or mail to wherever the winner is located. Check on this blog and here and here and here for some options. Also, the editor of catapult has very graciously offered to publish the winning entry. And, though it might be hard to believe, more prize amazing announcements will follow. In other words, I just moved and my junk is currently packed up in boxes 😉
The other part of this announcement which is incomplete is our list of judges.
Three, make that four, well-qualified judges have already agreed and more may be added. And though it may sound a bit too statistical for poetry. Each haiku will be assigned a score between 1 and 10 and then and I will crunch the numbers.
Finally, finally to get your creative juices flowing…
driving the long way
the soybeans in yellow-green
herald the autumn
the wooly worms are
crossing the small country road
winter will be hard