Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The 2011 Kids Count for Earthday Haiku Contest

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The 2011 Kids Count for Earthday Haiku Contest
in association with The Haiku Society of America; With Words, (UK); Sketchbook Haiku Journal (USA); and Planetpals (Worldwide) in partnership with the planet to bring the Earthday Haiku Contest.

The contest is designed to combine the love of Earth with the sheer simple fun of writing Japanese haiku in English!

We call it the The 2011 "Kids Count for Earthday" Haiku Contest because we want you to help all of us to learn how to keep the planet clean and healthy!

Kids will only need to count approximately 5-7-5  or use some combination of short, long, short syllables, to create their Earthday haiku. 

The 5,7,5 count isn't mandatory but the rhythm of short, long, short is important.  Also make sure that your haiku is a complete thought, using articles wherever necessary for a smooth flow.

Suggestions and links for writing haiku are listed further below (after the Haiku Society of America, Planet Pals, With Words, and Sketchbook logos).

Enjoy the challenge of writing modern haiku!

The contest is open to individual students 7-20 years old.

Best of luck!
Judith, Karina, and Alan, and an'ya (judges)

Contest Rules

Starting Date: February 22nd, 2011
Ending Date: Earthday-April 22nd, 2011

Winners will be announced by May 22, 2011

The contest theme is "What Earthday means to you".

Who Can Enter:
Children and young people aged from 7 years old right up to 20 years from the USA, UK and English Speaking Countries (including Alaska, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii; as well as Japan; Africa; India; Pakistan; Bangladesh; China; Middle East; and Australia; New Zealand and all other countries). If English is not your first language please do add an English language version of your haiku entry as well.


Age Groups:

7-9 years old
10 -12 yrs old

13-15 yrs old

16-18 yrs old
19-20 yrs old

There will be winners for each category and entries based age appropriately.

All entries must be postmarked no later than April 22, 2011 and include the students name and address or school name and address. (*NOTE: winners private information will not be distributed to any 3rd parties - all information is for internal purposes only )

Entries must be e-mailed to:

PRIZES: Haiku Society of America 1 Year membership

JUDGES: The Haiku Society of America represented by an'ya, Judith Gorgone of Planetpals (Worldwide); Karina Klesko of Sketchbook, Journal for Eastern and Western Short Forms; and Alan Summers of With Words (UK) 

Haiku Society of America
With Words UK
Sketchbook Haiku Journal

To be notified of results: 
Email Sign Up and say "Let me know!" in the subject line.

Learn more about Haiku and Earthday:
We suggest you check out the following links to learn more about haiku and Earthday. There are some handy tips to teach haiku to your students:

Learn more about Earth and Earthday?
Learn with

Learn more about Haiku.  What is Haiku?
Learn with

Teaching Haiku Website
Word Dance

To See 2010 Haiku Contest Results

Alan's Tips On a Simple Way of Writing Haiku

* Think of a haiku as two parts, one line and two lines, doesn't matter which order.

* Use a subtle clue to suggest the season. Sometimes the season clue can be obvious and even point to a specific day like Earthday.

* So remember to indicate the time of year with a seasonal clue, and that's your one line finished.

* Next is the two line part otherwise known as the 'phrase'.

* I prefer to write about something I've personally experienced, as it's also a great reminder, even years later, of what happened!

* Have a go yourself, it's easy, but remember to make the language sound natural, whether you attempt 5/7/5 or a free verse haiku of less than seventeen syllables.


summer wind
a sparrow re-rights itself
at the peanut cage

haiku by Alan Summers 
art by Dru Marland
Poem published: 
Wing Beats: British Birds in Haiku (Snapshot Press 2008)

Winning Entries will be published in Sketchbook, a Journal for Eastern and Western Short Forms.

Good luck! ;-) 
Judith, Karina, Alan, an'ya
PlanetPals, Sketchbook, With Words, and HSA