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the ruth weiss foundation annual poetry contest 2024

The ruth weiss foundation offers a yearly poetry contest, and this year it’s being held entirely in haiku!

The late Ruth Weiss was a haiku poet, participating with the Towpath Haiku Society for many years. But she was much more, and this is an opportunity to learn more about her, and the mission that has sprung up around her legacy.

As an indicator of what the judges will be looking for, they offer the following: “Whether you find solace in the traditional 5-7-5 syllable structure or seek to explore the boundless possibilities of nontraditional forms, your voice is welcome here. We encourage you to embrace the full spectrum of haiku, from its rich history to its evolving future, and to create unique expressions of this timeless art form.” Poets can earn up to $3000 in awards, which, as you know, is big money in haikuland.

Go to the site to learn more, and to enter. Good luck!

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Also, it is unclear to me whether the poems should be 5-7-5. or not. There is a lot of talk about embracing the modern, but it also describes a haiku as “seventeen beats”, and it’s never explicitly stated. So…???

  2. Is it just me, or does the entry process for this contest make no sense for haiku? We don’t use titles, but it won’t let you leave it blank. It insists that you “upload” your poem as a document. Really? For three lines? Am I even doing it right? Has anyone worked their way through it? What did you do?

    1. I just called it an untitled haiku, uploaded the document, and kept on clicking right through. On the next screen, you are asked to retype the poem. Whatever works for them words for me. 🙂

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