The spring haze.
With Springtime finally upon us and the plum tree blossoming, EJCA would like to call upon your hidden poetic talents and invites you to get creative and craft and submit a Haiku, suitably themed to celebrate the season.
Prizes (and bragging rights when you are named among the best) are available and providing an additional incentive (should you need that extra bit of a 'nudge' to grab your pen).
We hope you join in the fun!
Kids: We would love to see submissions from many aspiring young poets!
Artists: We would love to see renderings of your Haiku, or in style, e.g. Calligraphy
Winners and a selection of poems will be announced on this page and in moshi moshi and/or our social media channels.
EJCA sponsors the following prizes (the total prize pool exceeds 100$ in value):
Haiku (俳句) is a type of short form poetry originally from Japan. Traditional Japanese haiku consist of three phrases that contain a kireji, or "cutting word", 17 on (phonetic units similar to syllables) in a 5, 7, 5 pattern, and a kigo, or seasonal reference. Similar poems that do not adhere to these rules are generally classified as senryū.
Haiku originated as an opening part of a larger Japanese poem called renga. These haiku written as an opening stanza were known as hokku and over time writers began to write them as stand-alone poems. Haiku was given its current name by the Japanese writer Masaoka Shiki at the end of the 19th century.
What you should keep in mind:
For haiku inspiration, look closely at everything around you in nature, at home, at school, and at work. Write your draft of a haiku, letting yourself be free and creative. Then ask the following questions about your haiku to help you improve them.
(adapted from Michael Dylan Welch's excellent blog: https://www.graceguts.com/essays/haiku-checklist)
>>> Winners will be announced here towards the end of June 2022. Watch this space! <<<
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