Haiku Contest

in French

Starting May 1st

Open to all!

The jury will select 1 winner and 1 runner up for each of 4 categories:

  1. most creative

  2. most poetical

  3. funniest

  4. Under 15

That's 4 winners and 4 runner-ups

Lots of prizes to win, including FREE AF Memberships!

Deadline: May 25, 2020

Submit up to 3 haiku per person for your chance to win - you will complete the form again for each additional entry.

  • Haiku has to be in French;

  • Must be composed of 3 lines:

    1. Line one is 5 syllables

    2. Line two is 7 syllables

    3. Line three is 5 syllables

Why a Haiku?

Because anyone can write a haiku,

regardless of age and level of French!

A tiny poem with a BIG meaning

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.


An old silent pond...
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.

En confinement
près de mon oiseau en cage,
bêtement je siffle.

The goal of a haiku is

to suggest A LOT with A LITTLE

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