gyoji haiku

Poetry Contest
The haiku category of gyoji celebrates holidays. This contest is looking for serious poems according to the specifications below to celebrate one of the worldwide non-Christian holidays. The directives must be followed, or the entry will be disqualified. After the directives is a list of some examples from non-Christian world religions.


1. Write in three lines that are short, long, short without counting syllables. [5/7/5 is not required, but, rather, considered fairly long for a haiku. 5/7/5 entries will be considered.]

2. Make sure the haiku has two grammatically interconnected lines of concrete imagery and one line of insight.

3. Use verbs in the present tense.

4. Avoid capital letters or punctuation unless absolutely necessary.

5. Avoid rhymes.

Options for holidays:

Jewish--Passover, Shavuot

Islam--Eid al-Fitr

Buddhist--Buddha Day (May 27 this year)

Hindu--Ramayana Week

kami-no-michi (Shinto)--Shunki-Korei-Sai (honors ancestors)

Daoist--birth of Lao-Tzu (May 5 this year)

Sikh--Sikh New Year

Jain--commemoration of Mahavira Vardhamana Jnatrputra (the founder of the Jain religion)

Confucian--Tong Yun Kai--the birthday of Confucius


Again, do not use a Christian holiday.

Please submit your entry early enough that if it needs revision there will be time to do so.

The entry fee is high because of the amount of research that will be required.

Example from Buddhism:

he gave up
all that he possessed

The contest winner will win half of the prize pool which is based on the number of entries. The second and third place winners will each share the remaining prize pool. The prize pool is currently 400.00 member dollars. There are only 2 spots still open. If all open spots are used the prize pool will be 450.00 member dollars. In this contest at least 2 submissions must be made for the vote to begin.

Deadline: Contest is closed. Deadline was Wednesday, June 30, 2010.

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The voting booth will include this summary of the contest:

    Serious haiku only. Must have a non-Christian religious theme and follow directives in fuller contest announcement. No humor, no capitalization, no punctuation, and no rhyming. Two grammatically interconnected lines of concrete imagery and a line of insight required.

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Deadline: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 11:59pm EST.

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