The United Nations International School, the Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese, and the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations are proud to host a student haiku contest.
Now in its eighth year, the contest is open to students in grades 1 through 12 and, once again, their teachers. Poems written in English or in Japanese are eligible. A panel of experienced judges will decide the winners in each category.
Entries to the contest should reflect as much as possible a deeper understanding of the aesthetic principles of haiku instead of focusing only on the syllable count.
Deadline: All entries must be received by March 22, 2013.
Student entries, whether written in English or in Japanese, will be judged in three divisions--Elementary (1-5), Middle School (6-8), and High School (9-12). Teacher entries will be accepted in either language.
: Only poems that have not been previously published or submitted to any contest are eligible. Each student may submit up to three (3) haiku, but no teacher may submit more than 40 poems from her or his students. Students may add illustrations or decorations on the page, but entries will be judged on the basis of the poetry. A Teacher Entry Form must accompany all submissions.
: Each haiku must be submitted on sheet of plain 8½” x 11” paper. Please write each haiku legibly in ink on the front of the sheet. No names or identification should appear with the poem; attach a typewritten student information label (with the student’s full name, grade, school name, division entered, and sponsoring teacher) on the back. Failure to follow any of these rules will result in the disqualification of the entire submission by that student without notification.
Send your Teacher Entry Form and student entries to:
2013 Student Haiku Contest
c/o United Nations International School
24-50 FDR Drive
New York, NY 10010, USA
entries due by March 22, 2013