Jul 07 2008
For last week’s contest (see the winner here) we looked to the past; this week we look to the future. Contest #2 will require a willingness to play with language, some rudimentary poetry skills, and a dash of creativity.
For this week's contest you have to write a haiku about the future. I know the title says "of the future", but that's just because it's more catchy. We were thinking of calling this contest Futureku or even Haikuture, so I don’t think you have any room to complain. You can write about any aspect of the future. This includes technology, fashion, food, sports, language, Tony Danza, or whatever. Let your mind wander.
Don't worry if you've never written a haiku before; it's easy. If you can count the number of syllables in a word, you can write a haiku. For our purposes you just have to know that a standard haiku has 3 lines, and that the lines have a 5-7-5 syllable breakdown. That means the 1st and 3rd lines have 5 syllables and the 2nd line has 7.
You can enter the contest by clicking on Contest Entries (also located below) and leaving your poem there. By leaving an entry you are agreeing to the contest rules and terms. This week’s prize is a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com and a 100 yen coin. The deadline for entry is Friday July 11th at 5pm EST. Like usual, our users will determine the winner. You can rate haikus in the Contest Entries section by clicking on the thumbs-up or thumbs-down icons. Friday evening we’ll put up a poll with 5 finalists. You’ll have until 5pm on Sunday to vote. Good luck!
Winning this week’s contest might not make you a famous poet, but it’s not a bad way to start. Let me start you out with an example entry that might make me a famous poet:
It makes crisp bagels (5 syllables in this line)
Then it downloads my emails (7 syllables in this line)
Love my iToaster (5 syllables in this line)
What you have to do: Write a haiku about the future.
How to enter: Write your entry in the Contest Entries section.
Deadline: Friday, July 11th at 5pm EST
Prize: A $25 Amazon.com gift certificate and a 100 Yen coin.
Announcement: This contest is closed. Feel free to continue to leave your haiku here, but you'll be doing so strictly for our edification. Why don’t you check out the latest update or contest?