Monday, October 17, 2016

Haiku contest reminder

Organisers of the Katikati Haiku Contest are reminding anyone planning to send poems that entries close on October 31. See entry details here.

The contest has two sections – 17 and under, and 18 and over – and offers cash prizes totalling $85 in the junior section and $175 in the adult section, as well as a book prize for the best haiku by a local writer.

In English, haiku are usually three lines long, can be said in one breath, are written in the present tense, capture a moment,  contain at least one of the five senses, use everyday language and are usually set in a particular season.

Newcomers to haiku will receive valuable help from a free, online booklet published this year by the New Zealand Poetry Society. Learning to Write Haiku by Katherine Raine covers techniques and offers a lesson plan. See the booklet at

Read more about the Katikati Haiku Pathway, the first – and still the largest – collection of poem boulders in English.

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