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2022 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?

Challenge yourself to write a haiku in French!



Theme: Voyage

Dates: May 15th to June 5th, 2022






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.

How do I submit entries?

  1. Write up to 3 haikus in an email to:

  2. Subject Line: Your Name

  3. Haiku must have a title





Au bout de la route

Au-dessus des dunes

L'océan fait des culbutes

Mes rêves plongent


Par tous les chemins

Jusqu'au bout de l'aventure

Poursuivre le vent







  • 1st Prize wins a 1-year AF Membership and a large gift basket *
  • 2nd Prize wins a 1-year AF Membership and a small gift basket *
  • 3rd Prize wins a small gift basket *


*  Gift baskets will be customized and include gift cards and reading            material


  • Haiku has to be in French

  • Must have a title and 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.

Meet Our Judges


Marguerite Le Clézio - French Instructor

Mary Roberts - French Instructor

Hélène Crié-Wiesner - Journalist