2021 Haiku Contest
 

 

Originating in Japan, haiku is the shortest form of poetry in the world. In a short descriptive verse, it captures a moment in the poet’s life or simply expresses the beauty of nature.

What do you see?  What do you hear?  What do you feel?

For this contest you are challenged

to write a haiku in French!

Theme​: "C'est beau, la vie!"
Dates: From May 15th through June 5th, 2021

Rules:
  • Haiku has to be in French

  • Must be composed of 3 lines.  The following order and number of syllables is recommended but not mandatory:

    1. Line one is 5 syllables

    2. Line two is 7 syllables

    3. Line three is 5 syllables

  • Up to 3 entries per person. 

  • Past contest winners can join the contest.

2 Categories:
  • Group 1: Teenagers / Adults - 15+ years

  • Group 2: Kids - 14 years and under

3 Winners per Category - Results on June 12!

 

Group 1

  • 1st Prize wins a 1-year membership with AF Raleigh, a $25 gift card with Des Livres et Délices, and a stationary basket gifted by Des Livres et Délices.  The basket includes a fountain pen and stationary from La Comédie Française.

  • 2nd Prize wins a 1-year membership with AF Raleigh and a $15 gift card from Des Livres et Délices.

  • 3rd Prize wins a 1-year membership with AF Raleigh

Group 2

  • 1st Prize wins a $40 gift card with Des Livres et Délices, and a stationary gift basket.  The basket includes an iconic Paris Coloring Book, a Carand'Ache ball point pen and a Molière notebook.

  • 2nd Prize wins a $25 gift card with Des Livres et Délices.

  • 3rd Prize wins a $15 gift card with Des Livres et Délices
     

All participants 14 and under receive a book in French!

How can I submit an entry?

 

Simple:  Fill out the form below and click Submit!

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What is a Haiku?

 

A haiku is a very brief Japanese poem of 17 total syllables in 3 lines. 

Haiku’s are traditionally nature based and often focus on a seasonal theme. They do not have to rhyme. Juxtaposition (compare or contrast) is an essential element of this form of poetry, for example, by closely connecting two contrasting images, or by comparing unexpected similarities. Example:

Jardin de l'Alliance

Sur la ligne d'horizon

Une oie s'élance

The goal of a haiku is

to suggest A LOT with

A LITTLE

Meet our judges:

Virginie Birgand

Sales Manager at Paysage Home

Laurence Kneuss

Owner of Des Livres et Délices

Marguerite LeClezio

Retired French Teacher