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New Daily Challenges

We’ve been made improvements to the Haikuist in order to make it easier to participate in daily haiku challenges. This is our most frequently requested feature.

Most poets enjoy a daily challenge instead of waiting for inspiration to fall on their laps. Constraints breed creativity and it's my hope that these challenges will do the same to your minds and writing abilities.

There are a few rules to challenges.

  • Haiku contests are open for a brief period of time, usually every week.
  • A new haiku has to be written for each challenge. Don't share an old haiku.
  • Write as many haiku as you want for each challenge.
  • Be nice. I'll remove bad haiku or haiku that don't keep to the theme.
  • Haiku need not be 17 syllables or follow the 5-7-5 pattern. Just write what feels right.

Check out our latest challenge

Send your haiku to Mars

I have some stellar news to share.

NASA is organizing a space haiku challenge.

To raise awareness for the launch of the upcoming MAVEN spacecraft, NASA is holding a contest where anyone can send a haiku to Mars

Contestants have till July 1st to submit their 5-7-5 English haiku to the Going to Mars site.

The MAVEN spacecraft (short for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission) is set to launch later this year.

From their website:

It will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind. Scientists will use MAVEN data to determine the role that loss of volatile compounds, such as CO2, N2, and H2O, from the Mars atmosphere to space has played over time, giving insight into the history of Mars atmosphere and climate, liquid water, and planetary habitability.

The rules are simple: "Everybody on planet Earth is welcome to participate!" You do have to be 18 years old to create a log-in email profile, and children are encouraged to ask parents and teachers for help. All haiku must be in English.

The top three most popular entries will be sent to Mars onboard the MAVEN spacecraft and will be prominently displayed on the MAVEN website.

Read the rules and submit one today

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Haiku Review raising funds on Kickstarter

We're always on the look out for fellow entrepreneurs crazy enough to use haiku to make a difference in the world. Enter Haiku Review.

Haiku Review is a user review site, kinda like yelp, but with the addition that all reviews must be in the form of a haiku. The founders (Stu Hill, Wes Hendrix & Brad Alesi) are raising funds on Kickstarter.

I love the idea of applying constraints (yes-with haiku) for feedback. For whatever reason, yelpers love leaving really long comments as though it's an exercise in creative writing for food reviews.