Haiku Contest

Japanese Garden at Cheekwood

Haiku Contest

In honor of Cheekwood’s virtual observance of otsukimi, the Japanese Moon Viewing celebration, we’re hosting a haiku contest! A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression. Get creative and send us your best work!

Entries will be judged by the age of the writer, below 10 years old, between 10-18 years old, and adults. For adults, the focus of the poem can be harvest, the moon, or any general topic. Winners from each category will be posted on Cheekwood’s website beginning September 27. Each haiku must be an original work and should follow the traditional 5/7/5 syllable count.

Haiku Example: The Moon Glows the Same

The moon glows the same:
it is the drifting cloud forms
make it seem to change.

Matsuo Bashō, 1687

Submission deadline: Monday, September 21 at 5:00 PM

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