Haiku is a Japanese poetry form … one whose brevity forces the composer to distill thoughts and images down to their essence.
Done well, the haiku form yields verse of rare wit, insight, and beauty.
The usual rules for haiku call for the composer to use exactly 17 syllables, and break the poem into three lines of five, seven and five syllables, respectively.
An anonymous haiku, which employs the classic 5-7-5 syllable format, captures the spirit of this unique poetic form:
The lake, calm, smooth, still
A fish jumps, flips and returns
Ripples fill the lake
But our rules are a bit more flexible … your haiku may contain less than 17 syllables (but no more), and each of its three lines can contain any number of syllables.
So wait for inspiration, then send up to three qualifying haiku to email@example.com ... you may win a Gift Certificate to spend on our top-quality wild seafood and organic fare!
Entries must be submitted by 12:00 midnight Pacific Time on Friday, March 4, 2011.
We will select three winners and three runners up, and notify them via e-mail by March 25, 2011.
Haiku contest prizes
Prizes will take the form of Vital Choice e-Gift Certificates:
1st Prize – $300
2nd Prize – $250
3rd Prize – $150
Runners up (3) – $75
We look forward to perusing your inspired poems!
Haiku contest rules
Limit of three haiku entries per contestant.
Poems cannot contain more than 17 syllables.
Submit entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entries must be submitted by 12:00 midnight PST on Friday, March 4, 2011.
Entries must relate in some way to Vital Choice products and be suitable for all ages.
We may employ contestants' haiku entries for promotional purposes.
- Orders using the codes contained in the prize-winners’ e-Gift Certificates may be placed on our Web site or by calling our toll-free 1-800 number.