Golden Haiku Contest

Monday, January 9 - Monday, February 6

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Thank you to all who entered the 2017 Golden Haiku contest!

Click here to view the 2017 Golden Haiku winners

More than 1,000 entries have been collected in the 2017 Golden Haiku contest in Washington, D.C.. An award-winning panel of haiku authors is reviewing the poems to decide which poems will be displayed along the sidewalks of the Golden Triangle neighborhood near the White House. The winners will be announced at the end of February.

The expert panel includes:

Abigail Friedman is the author of The Haiku Apprentice: Memoirs of Writing Poetry in Japan (Stone Bridge Press); I Wait for the Moon: 100 Haiku of Momoko Kuroda (Stone Bridge Press); and Street Chatter Fading (Larkspur Press). She is on the Board of Trustees of the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C., and, in 2014, she founded The Wisteria Group.

John Stevenson is the managing editor of The Heron’s Nest. A former President of the Haiku Society of America, he has served as editor of Frogpond. John Stevenson is the author of books such as “Quiet Enough,” “Some of the Silence,” “Live Again,” and “(d)ark” and will being judging from Albany, NY.

Kit Pancoast Nagamura has been a columnist for The Japan Times for over a decade, and appears as a regular on NHK WORLD‘s “HAIKU MASTERS” and “Journeys in Japan” programs.  She is a recent prize winner in Japan’s prestigious Ito-en Oi Cha Haiku Contest, a member of the Haiku International Association, and will be judging from Japan.

Watch videos about writing haiku from contest judge, Abigail Friedman, below.

The authors of the top modern haiku poems will receive these prizes:

Global prize: $400 gift card

First place, local: $400 gift card

Second place, local: $100 gift card

Third place, local: $50 gift card

Winners can choose from a variety of local stores for their prize: Chocolate Chocolate, Grooming Lounge, Proper Topper, Tiny Jewel Box.

Read the winning poems of 2017.

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