The Haikuist Blog
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
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.
Latest haiku competitions
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This is the first, in what I hope is a series that covers the intersection of arts, news, technology, life, and haiku
- NaHaiWriMo or National Haiku Writing Month, is a challenge for haikuists to write a haiku a day, for an entire month.
- "The centenarian poet has completed much more in his lifetime than just one haiku. Oshiro, known to his friends and family as "Hide," continues to write a new poem every morning, as he has done for decades.
- Haiku Wifi is collaborative haiku creation through ... a wireless router
- Kaiser Health wants you to submit a health care haiku
- A Superbowl haiku
- Stephen T. Ziliak on haiku economics
- Share haiku on an economic theme
- Dreaming in haiku
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.