Ever flip a log and watch millipedes scurry away? Or seen a bumble bee buzz a flower? Have you ever opened a bag of flour, only to discover it’s infested with tiny beetles? These moments are perfect inspirations for writing haiku.
Who can participate: Anyone in the world who draws joy from poetry, insects and their relatives, or all of the above! Submissions from all ages and backgrounds are welcome.
What: Submissions should be haiku inspired by insects (or spiders or millipedes or other related arthropods).
Haiku are brief poems that capture a moment in time and are thus written in the present tense. These brief poems generally have 10-15 syllables and three or fewer lines. They strive to celebrate the extraordinary in the ordinary, and often create meaning through a juxtaposition of two parts.
When: Now until Saturday May 15, 2021 at 11:59pm EST. Winners will be announced June 1, 2021.
How: Entries should be unpublished work and submitted using our official form. Submissions limited to 3 haiku per person.
Entry Fee: None!
We can't wait to read your submissions!
Have a question? Feel free to contact us.
Need help writing haiku? The website Graceguts has a great article that will help you get started. The Heron's Nest also has a wealth of wonderful haiku in its archives that you can read to become more familiar with this form of poetry.
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