Haiku In the Nation's Capital

 Haiku...

…a short poem that uses imagistic language to convey an experience.

– Haiku Society of America

The District of Columbia’s Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID --- a 43-block neighborhood that stretches from the White House to Dupont Circle.) has just announced it is open for and ready to receive entries to the city’s Annual Golden Haiku Literary Competition. It’s the 6th year for this event and it’s incredibly popular. Last year there were more than 1,600 original entries from 45 countries, 34 states and the District of Columbia itself. 

The theme this year will be Spring in the City but related themes will be accepted. Here’s more about the contest and how you apply: https://goldentriangledc.com/initiative/golden-haiku/

The deadline for entering the contest is February 4th, 2019. The First Place winner receives $500. So sorry! You can only enter once, submitting up to three haiku. Here’s the link to the entry form: https://goldentriangledc.com/initiative/golden-haiku/

The winning entries, along with dozens of honorable mentions, will be featured in tree boxes along some of DC’s most famous streets throughout the month of March.

Here is last year’s First Place winning haiku by Debbi Antebi (London, England):

the twitch
of a cat’s ear
spring drizzle

If you are not a famous haiku writer, we’re here to help you.  


Here are some stray thoughts to get you started:

  • Haiku comes from the senses; use only words that appeal most to the senses.

  • Haiku comes from direct experience. Think of short, breezy poems that evoke an image in the reader’s mind.

  • The use of plain language and familiar themes make haiku understandable to almost everyone, on at least one level.

  • There are usually only 3 lines in haiku poetry.

  • Haiku is not designed to read like a sentence.


Here are some resources for your haiku writing:

We would be off-the-wall excited if you would enter the competition! 

Come walk in DC’s Lafayette Park (in the President’s Neighborhood), sense the springs that have been experienced here. Then create your own winning entry.

Good luck!

Thomas Eakins oil painting of Lafayette Park.

Thomas Eakins oil painting of Lafayette Park.