Calling All Haiku Writers: D.C.’s Golden Triangle Is Looking for Your Creative Genius

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Jan. 11, 2016–There is a ray of hope for Washingtonians who can’t wait for spring to arrive as the freeze of winter sets in.

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District ( is holding its annual Golden Haiku writing contest; the theme this year is spring. The BID will spread warmth by displaying winning poems on 125 signs placed on the sidewalks of the Golden Triangle neighborhood, a 43-block area that reaches from the White House to Dupont Circle.

The BID’s Golden Haiku contest will be accepting submissions at from Monday, Jan. 11–Friday, Feb. 5. The poems need to be three short lines, but do not need to adhere to 5-7-5 syllables. The submissions will be judged by an expert panel.

“We appreciate everyone who takes the time to compose a haiku and participate in the artistry of the Golden Triangle. This contest is part of our continued effort to bring art to the neighborhood, such as with our recent sculpture installations in the rain gardens on 19th and L Streets,” says Leona Agouridis, executive director, Golden Triangle BID.

The authors of the top three haiku will receive:

  • First Place: $500 gift card to Tiny Jewel Box
  • Second Place: $200 gift card to Grooming Lounge
  • Third Place: $100 gift card to Chocolate Chocolate

The expert panel members are:

  • Roberta Beary, haibun editor, Modern Haiku; and author, “The Unworn Necklace” (Snapshot Press, 2007; reprinted 2015), a haiku collection; and “Deflection” (Accents Publishing, 2015), a haibun collection.
  • Abigail Friedman, founder and CEO, the Wisteria Group; author, “The Haiku Apprentice: Memoirs of Writing Poetry in Japan” (Stone Bridge Press, 2006); “I Wait for the Moon: 100 Haiku of Momoko Kuroda” (Stone Bridge Press, 2014); and “Street Chatter Fading” (Larkspur Press, 2015).
  • David McAleavey, professor of literature and creative writing, the George Washington University; and author, “Huge Haiku” (Chax Press, 2005); the forthcoming “Rock Taught” (Broadkill River Press); and four other books of poetry.

Highlights from last year’s contest are at The popular contest attracted 400 entries last year.


The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District is a non-profit organization that works to enhance D.C.’s Central Business District from the White House to Dupont Circle and 16th Street NW to New Hampshire Avenue NW. The BID’s primary focus is to provide a clean, safe and friendly environment within its 43 blocks of public space for area workers, local residents and visitors.


Adam Shapiro

For specific questions about the contest, email