Hurray! Once again, the North Carolina State University Insect Museum is sponsoring a Haiku Challenge!  Here’s the specs:

The goal of this contest is to encourage people to think about the myriad ways in which insects and other terrestrial arthropods interact with their environments and other organisms (including humans!) and to express these thoughts through short poems. Despite the name of this contest we actually encourage any short poems you’re inspired to write, including (but not limited to!):

  • Haiku (of course): An elegant medium, traditionally focusing on seasonal changes and nature and with a relatively standard format and objective.
  • Senryū: Similar in structure to haiku but focused on the foibles of of humans and, in our case, insects, rather than seasons and nature.
  • Haiga: A haiku that is accompanied by an illustration. Include a photo or draw a picture!

Any other short poem you want to write!
We offer four awards with (small) prizes: 1) best in show, 2) runner-up, 3) best entry from poet under the age of 13, 4) runner-up from poet under the age of 13. Poems from any of the categories listed above are eligible to win any of the awards and therefore are judged together.

…Your haiku should be submitted by 11:59pm, March 20th (first day of spring!)

See their website for rules and details of how to submit. Get busy!

Last Year’s Winner:

Major, Undeclared

Silverfish, tell me,
Darwin and Dostoevsky,
do they taste the same?

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!