I love haiku. Who doesn’t? Only people with no souls. Haikus are great fun to read and a quick, but effective writing challenge. I write one everyday. And twice a year I invite you to enter The Haiku Buckaroo Contest. Because the only thing more fun than writing haiku is winning at haiku. So, won’t you please enter?

Here’s how to do it:

Write a haiku.

(A haiku has 17 syllables:

five in the first line
seven in the second line
five in the third line

Just so you know.)

Bloggers: Post your haiku on your blog. Please mention this contest, link to it in your post and let the link love flow. Like a mountain stream! Once your post is published, submit a link directly to your entry post with the Mr. Linky below.

Non-Bloggers: Submit your haiku via this entry form. I will provide a page on which all non-blogger haiku submissions will appear. Once your submission is received, it will be included on the non-blogger haiku submission page and a link to it will be added to Mr. Linky under your name.

You may enter more than once. You may enter a previously published haiku. Each haiku will be judged individually.

The contest winner (a.k.a. The Haiku Buckaroo) will receive:

A Magnetic Poetry Haiku Kit

A Haiku Buckaroo Mug

A Threadless Haiku T-shirt (in the size of your choice)

$25 via PayPal or a gift card

A super-cool button for your blog or to print and post on your refrigerator (in your choice of white or black).

Haiku Buckaroo Button (White) Haiku Buckaroo Button (Black)

The contest deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST, Wednesday August 12th. The winner will be announced on Monday August 17th.

Haiku Buckaroo
Just seventeen syllables
And it could be you

Good luck!

*Edited to add: It has come to my attention that Mr. Linky isn’t working for everyone. I’m sorry! I don’t know what his freaking problem is. If he won’t work for you or you just don’t trust him to do the job, feel free to submit your link in the comments or via e-mail (admin [at] mymommysplace.com) or with this entry form (I’m all about options! And flexibility! See how much I want you to enter? Why haven’t you? Come on! Please?) and I’ll make a big honking list here of all the entries. Because I love you.

Haiku Entries submitted by Toni.
Haiku Buckaroo V submitted by Goofball.
Under the Wire submitted by Mo’Jenn.
Haiku Buckaroo, Y’all submitted by Allyson.
Haiku Buckaroo V submitted by Lilacspecs.
Non-Blogger Entries