Columbia River Reader 3rd Annual Haiku Contest


For those unfamiliar with the genre and who might be entering the competition for the first time, haiku is a poetry form which originated in Japan and became famous during the Edo era (1603-1868). The movement later spread to Europe and eventually arrived in America in the early 1900s. It has since found its way into our 21st century pop culture.

Entries will be accepted until midnight, November 25, 2010. Entries may be sent via e-mail to (please note “haiku contest” in the subject line), or mail to CRR Haiku, P.O. Box 1643, Rainier, OR 97048.

Judges will consider two categories: Traditional and Pop, with the traditional format of three lines of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables.

No photographs please; submit those to the the photo contest now underway. See hard copy of this month's CRR for details.

Each contestant may submit five entries. There are no fees. Winners will be announced in the December 15th edition of CRR. Prizes have yet to be determined. All entries become the property of Columbia River Reader.

That magic moment
Traditional haiku is intended to represent a single moment or event that the writer observes, connected with nature and frequently a season. The pop version is about anything you want to make it, keeping in mind good taste (to paraphrase the Supreme Court, we can’t define good taste exactly but we recognize it when we see it).

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality and quantity of the submissions from our loyal readers in our previous contests and expect no less in our 2010 contest.

Afternoon showers;
Sun rays diffused by the mist –
rainbow of color.

Oh it’s haiku time
again, you’re gonna leave me;
Basho or Ray Charles









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