Haiku/​Poetry Contest Planning

The 4th Annual Organic Mechanic Haiku con­test is ap­proach­ing. I’m try­ing to de­cide whether or not I should keep it strictly haiku, change it to a dirty lim­er­ick con­test, or make it a po­etry con­test proper. What would you like?

I con­sid­ered mak­ing the prizes mon­e­tary this year, but I think I’ll stick with a book or some­thing groovy like this; and of course, the ubiq­ui­tous com­pi­la­tion CDs.

The con­test will run the month of April, since that is National Poetry Month, and I’m think­ing about ded­i­cat­ing the blog to po­etry for that en­tire month. Since I’ve not writ­ten a poem, and only come up with a few ap­pro­pri­ate sound­ing phrases since then, per­haps reen­gag­ing in the world of po­etry will re­lieve my com­pla­cency.

In any case, I don’t think the haiku medium is work­ing as well any­more, the first year [now un­for­tu­nately lost some­where in in­nu­mer­able re­designs and mi­gra­tions] was amaz­ing. Dirty lim­er­icks might throw a bit of juice and rib­aldry back into the mix, but maybe it is time to grow up and only ac­cept stuff that isn’t done only for the sake of be­ing clever. Any in­put is wel­come.

20 thoughts on “Haiku/​Poetry Contest Planning

  1. maybe a se­ri­ous con­test and a dirty lim­m­er­ick con­test. you don’t need to award win­ners with gifts, IMHO; mix CDs would be good enough. Save your moolah.

  2. how about a song writ­ing con­test???


    if not a song, i think all the other ideas are quite fab.

  3. If I go with song­writ­ing, only you and phil and patrick will likely have en­tries. And en­tries would re­quire an mp3 of the com­pleted tune. So no. 🙂

  4. i of­fi­cially have 3 mp3’s of my stuff…recorded from a night i had too much to drink, but they’re mp3’s none the less. 🙂

    i know…i’m just try­ing to plug my­self any pos­si­ble way i can. 🙂 it was worth a try.

  5. maura, that song was ex­cel­lent. great voice. now i gotta come up with some­thing re­ally good! if only i could sing. i make neil young sound like an an­gel.

  6. I can’t con­tribute to the con­test I run. Also, I for­got the tune, like the big loser I am.

    Oh, and Jeff, if I make it a stan­dard po­etry con­test, any­thing will go. If it stays the haiku con­test then it won’t be 17 syl­la­bles but 7. 17 syl­la­bles are too many for English haiku. Seven seems to bit a bit closer to the sim­plic­ity and min­i­mal­ism of true haiku.

  7. Ah, thanks, I must have been blind. Maura, you’ve got a very good voice! It can carry a mes­sage with emo­tion.

    In the spirit of at­tempt­ing not to be shy, I’ll of­fer a song I’m tin­ker­ing with. Adam, you can host it on your page if you want.

Speak your piece