VWCC Haiku Contest

Virginia Western Community College Haiku Contest

Haiku can be …

An old silent pond…

A frog jumps into the pond,

splash! Silence again.

by Basho (1644-1694)

Haiku can be …

The apparition of these faces in the crowd; Petals on a wet, black bough.

“In a Station of the Metro” by Ezra Pound (1919)

Haiku can be …

Get used to your body, forget you were born, suddenly you got to get out!

“Approaching Seoul by Bus in Heavy Rain” by Allen Ginsberg (1990)

Haiku is a brief poetic form, traditionally using the 5-7-5 syllable structure of its Japanese origins, that captures a brief, illuminating moment in time.

  • Haiku often incorporates vivid nature images, humor, and should be read in one breath.
  • In its most traditional form, “Haiku was … written in the present tense and focused on associations between images. There was a pause at the end of the first or second line, and a ‘season word,’ or kigo, specified the time of year” (Academy of American Poets).

So, do you haiku?

  1. Visit the Japanese Print exhibit in the art gallery (H212) for inspiration after it opens this Wednesday, November 5th.
  2. Submit to the Virginia Western Haiku contest by emailing your submissions to awoodford@virginiawestern.edu.   There will be separate categories for students and faculty/staff of VWCC.  There will also be an impromptu Haiku board in the art gallery with its own contest.  See the board and its guidelines to enter for another prize.
  3. Deadline November 16, 2014.


First prize is a $100 Barnes and Noble Gift Card.

Second prize is a $50 Barnes and Noble Gift Card.

(One each for student submissions and faculty/staff submissions.)

Winners will be announced at the International Students Club Festival on November, 21, 2014

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