|Commentary and Philosophy Fiction posted August 11, 2014|
haibun (a needed rest)
haibun Contest Winner
write one haibun about: one summer evening
a haibun is prose and haiku that interconnect with each other. please read all rules below.
rules for the prose:
short paragraph(s) written in a concise, imagistic style to record ONE scene, special moment, or dream, in a highly descriptive and objective manner. the sentences in haibun are usually written in short staccato-like fragments.
*there is usually not a paragraph/word limit in haibun, but for this contest:
*maximum paragraphs: 4
*maximum word count: 200.
rules for the haiku:
~ ONE accompanying haiku. it may have a direct or subtle relationship with the prose and encompass or hint at the gist of what is recorded in the prose sections.
~ 13 syllables or less in short/long/short rhythm.
*note: why i say 13 instead of 17: because japanese sound units ("on") are much shorter than english syllables.
~ it must have 2 grammatically interconnected lines of concrete imagery (usually lines 1&2, but can be lines 2&3).
~ the satori ("ah-ha!") line must be clearly defined (it's usually line 3, but can be line 1).
~ all lowercase in haiku.
~ no punctuation in haiku.
rules for BOTH prose and haiku:
~ ALL present tense.
~ personification is allowed.
NO rhyme in anyway, anywhere.
NO author's notes at all.
rules for the title:
for this contest, the title must look like this:
haibun (2-4 words NOT in the prose or haiku that provide a direct and obvious context to both).
*see details in announcement for example
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