Deadline: May 13, 2019
Submit up to 3 haiku for your chance to win! The winner will receive $120 CAD ($100 prize + $20 honorarium), 2 copies of the Dreamers Magazine, and 2 special Dreamers keychains on which the winning poem will be printed.
Multiple entries by the same poet are allowed. Please complete the form again for each additional entry. 3 haiku per entry.
The winning poem will be published on dreamerswriting.com as well as in Issue 3 of our magazine and on special Dreamers keychains!
We will select up to 6 runners up (at the Editor’s sole discretion) that will be published online and in our magazine. Each runner-up will be paid our standard $20 CAD honorarium.
What is a Haiku?
A haiku is a very brief Japanese poem of 17 total syllables in three lines. Line one is 5 syllables, line two is 7 syllables, and line three is 5 syllables. This standard structure is not always maintained.
Haiku’s are traditionally nature based and often focus on a seasonal theme. They do not rhyme. Juxtaposition (compare or contrast) is an essential element of this form of poetry, for example, by closely connecting two contrasting images, or by comparing unexpected similarities.
They also employ a cutting word, known as a kireji in Japanese. This is a kind of word that provides a verbal punctuation mark that separates the juxtaposed images. There is no English equivalent to a kireji so English writers will sometimes use a dash or another form of punctuation that causes a break or pause, offering readers a chance to reflect on the connection between the two parts.
The goal of a haiku is to suggest a lot with a little. These are tiny poems with big meanings.
Check out our 2018 winners for examples of the form.
Submit your entry to the Dreamers Haiku Contest.
*This article was published on May 23, 2018 and updated on February 19, 2019.