Holiday Haiku Contest

December 22nd, 2006

Remember all those photos of boxes of books I posted here on Wednesday? Well, here’s your opportunity to WIN one of my new releases for yourself!

Wait! Before you get too excited, this isn’t going to be one of those easy contests where all you have to do is be the first person to email me with your snail mail address. No, in this contest, you’re going to have to show some creativity in order to win a book.

How, you ask? Simple. You are going to have to write a holiday-themed haiku.

What’s a haiku? It’s a mode of Japanese poetry.

But don’t panic! It’s so fun to write haikus—they are only three lines long, and no more than 17 syllables in total. In the Western version of the haiku, the format is:

First line: Five syllables
Second line: Seven syllables
Third line: Five syllables.

That’s it.

An example of a holiday-themed haiku would be:

Eighty degrees is
the forecast for Christmas Day
in South Florida

(Eigh-ty de-grees is
1 2 3 4 5
the fore-cast for Christ-mas Day
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
in South Flo-ri-da
1 2 3 4 5)

Or:

I am so sick of
Christmas carols, I could just
Kill the Drummer Boy

(I am so sick of
1 2 3 4 5
Christ-mas ca-rols, I could just
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Kill the Drum-mer Boy
1 2 3 4 5)

Got it? (You don’t need to number the syllables for me. I can count them myself.)

More on the contest:

Your haiku can be about any aspect of the holidays (Hanukkah, Christmas, Winter Solstice, St. Lucia, Kwanzaa, New Years, Boxing Day, Epiphany, Eid al-Adha, etc) you like, be it the weather, annoying family members, shopping, vacation, presents, food, what have you.

Entries will be judged on:

–Originality
–Creativity
–Ability of author to follow haiku/contest rules

Important contest rules:

–Only one haiku per email.

–The words HOLIDAY HAIKU must be written in the subject line, or the email will not be entered into the contest.

–Email must include haiku author’s full name and SNAIL MAIL ADDRESS (the address at which you receive packages).

–The email must include author’s choice of ONE of the following books as a prize if his or her haiku is chosen:

Missing You
Princess on the Brink
Party Princess
Valentine Princess
Size 14 Is Not Fat Either

–You may enter as many times as you like, BUT each entry must contain a DIFFERENT HAIKU. You may vary your prize choice, however. ALWAYS INCLUDE A SNAIL MAIL ADDRESS FOR EACH AND EVERY ENTRY.

–Contest is open to haiku authors world wide.

–Entries not following holiday theme or proper haiku format of 5-7-5 (or that do not include snail mail address or choice of prize, or that arrive after contest deadline) will automatically be disqualified.

–Contest ends at midnight, US Eastern Standard Time, Sunday, December 24th (Sunday night). Winners will be notified by email by midnight, US Eastern Standard Time, Monday, December 25th (Monday night).

–Some of the winning Holiday Haikus may be posted on this blog Tuesday, December 26.

Okay. That’s it. Start your haikus—now!

And happy holidays!

More later.

Much love,

Meg