Haiku Contest

April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, The Class of 1945 Library is hosting a Haiku Contest. All current PEA students are encouraged to participate.  Submissions must be submitted online via the “Submit Your Haiku” form below by Saturday April 17th (National Haiku Day!) Haiku submissions may be about any topic or subject, but must be original and adhere to the 5+7+5 rule.

Two lucky poets will be chosen to receive the following prizes

  • 1st Place: Lexie’s, Las Olas or McDonald’s dinner for you and a friend. Ordered and delivered by us!
  • 2nd Place: Care package of assorted snacks and candy.

Winners will be announced by Sunday April 25th.  Winning haikus and other selected entries will be featured on @pea_lib and an in-person library display.

 According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a haiku (/ˈhīˌko͞o/) is defined as:

noun: haiku; plural noun: haikus; plural noun: haiku

  1. a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world.
    1. a poem in English written in the form of a haiku.

Click here to visit poets.org for a more detailed explanation of haiku and some famous examples.

Contest Rules:

  1. Participants must be a current PEA student.
  2. Entries must be submitted by Saturday April 17th at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  3. Submissions will be judged by a blind review panel composed of Library staff and faculty.
  4. Participants may submit multiple entries, but can only win one prize.
  5. Haikus that are not original or do not follow the 5+7+5 rule will be disqualified.

For questions regarding this contest, please email Beth Rohloff at brohloff@exeter.edu.

Submit your haiku here.

Note: Thanks to UNF Libraries for the contest inspiration!