Write haiku...Win cookbooks!
Add a pair of wings
to a pepper pod, you would
make a dragonfly.
Share your passion—create inspiring haiku poetry about food or cooking. Poems can be serious or amusing, but they must focus on some aspect of food or cooking.
Win cookbooks! Six talented poets will receive Asian cookbook collections from HarperCollins Publishers (valued at up to $150). Click to check out the HarperCollins Cookbook Prizes.
A Japanese verse using simplicity and brevity. Some of the best haiku represent familiar situations— but in a way that gives readers a new experience of the everyday. It's as if an entirely new awareness suddenly crystallizes out of the ordinary.
How is Haiku structured?
Haiku-poems consist of three lines, each respectively containing 5, 7 and 5 syllables. But in English, the 5-7-5 requirement can be difficult. In this contest, Haiku is acceptable if it contains three lines with no more than 18 syllables.
The Cutting Technique:
Haiku is distinctive in its use of "cutting"—the poem is conceptually divided into two parts, as if there was a pause between two segments. Each segment must enhance the meaning of the other, but they must also be to a certain degree independent. The cut usually occurs at the end of the first or second line.
What is Food Haiku?
Traditional haiku always includes a reference to the season—spring, summer, winter, fall. But the reference may be symbollic; just mentioning cherry blossoms indicates the season is spring without actually saying the season's name. In the Haiku of Food Contest, each poem must contain a food element instead of or in addition to a seasonal element.
Examples of Food Haiku:
Fifty nine cents a pound.
Bushels of cherries grow
From such a small bee.
At the over-matured sushi,
Is full of regret.
The goal of the Haiku of Food Contest is to create a collection of haiku poems that reflect aspects of food and cooking.
Each entry must adhere to the following:
Anyone can enter, but eligible prize winners must be residents of the United States of America or Canada. Enter as many times as you like.
Five Runners-Up Prizes (valued at $100 each):
Each runner up will receive this collection:
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