Friday, October 16, 2009

Holiday Haiku Contest Seeking Poets, Writers...

This event is being coordinated by poet Marilyn Hazelton in time for the Dec. 3 Allentown Tree Lighting Ceremony. Chen Artists are invited to contribute poems. Here are the details:

The 2009 Allentown Holiday Haiku Competition!!
Elementary, middle and high school students, and adults are invited to enter the Allentown Holiday Haiku Contest!
Fifty haiku writers will receive a “Spirit of the Season Award. Their haiku will be displayed in store and restaurant windows along Hamilton Street in Center City Allentown. Five writers will be chosen to read their haiku at the Allentown Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 3.
To enter the competition, (Copy & Paste and Print at Home) fill in the form below:
Telephone #:__________________________School________________________
Teacher:_________________________________________Grade: ___________
By signing here, I declare that the attached poem is an original poem created by me, and I give my permission for it to be publicly displayed, read and reproduced by the City of Allentown.
(Students whose poems are chosen will need a parent's signature.
Student entries will be submitted to teachers.)
Please type or print neatly your haiku. Attach it to this form and send to:
Tara Craig, City Hall, 435 W. Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18101
Guidelines for your haiku: Celebrate family and the beauty of the season in three lines of no more than 17 syllables, but with no syllable count for each line. Look at the examples attached to this form for ideas.
The postmark deadline is November 13, 2009.
Adults may enter by email by sending their haiku to:
Tara Craig at:

Examples of Haiku for Inspiration for
Allentown Holiday Haiku Competition:

winter dawn
the warmth
of your hand
Owen Bullock

falls on snow -

winter night -
the cat sitting in a drawer
filled with letters
Kenneth Tanemura

the rim is bent
the park cold, deserted -
still I play
Patrick Frank

winter solstice
sheen of the cherry’s bark
streaked with rain
Ebba Story

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