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Write a Haiku Poem Competition... £20 cash prize

There is a common structure that most haiku poems follow. It is the 5-7-5 structure, where:

In English, the entire poem consists of just three lines, with 17 syllables in total

  • The first line is 5 syllables
  • The second line is 7 syllables
  • The third line is 5 syllables


Follow this step-by-step guide to write the perfect haiku.

Decide what kind of haiku you’d like to write. You can choose to follow the 5-7-5 syllable style, or decide you want to be more experimental with your structure and adjust the number of syllables. If you’re writing an English haiku, you’ll separate your poem into three lines.

  • Determine your subject matter. Pay attention to small details around you. Nature themes are most common in haiku, so start to notice things like birds or leaves outside, the way the air feels, or even a smell in the air. Many haiku are about very simple natural elements of day-to-day life.
  • Use short phrases that evoke strong images. Think of how Japanese poets use kigo, and choose images that symbolize a season (say, fallen leaves for fall or daffodils for spring) to set a mood with very few words.
  • Use a kireji or “cutting word” to create a break in the meter. Remember to use punctuation in conjunction with a kireji to control the rhythm of the poem.



1. Write your haiku, add the title and your name. 

2. Either it to

3. The competition closes on Sunday 28th March 2021.

4. The winner will be chosen by the team at HQ.

5. All entries will be published on and a selection will be shared on social media.

6. Multiple entries are allowed.


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