Time for our seventh annual SPECULATIVE FICTION HAIKU CONTEST! Anyone can do this!
As a reminder, here are the rules:
For haiku, the typical subject matter is nature, but if you decide to be traditional, you must give it a fantasy, science fiction, or horror twist. We expect to be told that the peaceful wind you describe is blowing across a landscape of an unfamiliar, distant planet. And if your poem is about a flower, we hope that elegant little touch of beauty is about to be trampled by an Orc. We welcome the sublime as well as the humorous, the pedestrian along with the momentous.
Though you may use the traditional three-line haiku following a 5-7-5 syllable pattern, feel free to break that pattern. Many poets who write English haiku adhere to other expectations:
- Written in three lines, though sometimes in two or four lines
- Often offers a juxtaposition of two images or ideas
- Doesn’t rhyme
- Often uses a season-term or a word/phrase that implies a time of year
- Employs compressed, objective, descriptive language
- Often divided in two parts (the break usually comes at the end of the first line, the middle of the second line, or the end of the second line).
As inspiration, here are a few from previous years:
You may write as many haiku as you like. We’ll choose one author to win a book from our stacks or a FanLit t-shirt (depends on size availability).
Dead, I await birth.
Mind unites with Creator.
Loving thoughts bring new life.
Winged, I am
With you, even in death.
These are inspiring.
In the memory palace
Of Harrow the Ninth.
Wow. *with mouth hanging open.*
they open the hatch
to microbes and machines
he dies a martyr
waits for reboot
the virgin calls
the unicorn comes
the knife flashes
The hunger awakes.
My son really likes this. I do too, but I like all of them. =)
OMG! you guys are good. Encore!
he gestures and chants
from the moth-eaten tome…
one line missing
Not only a great poem, this would be my experience if I ever tried Dark Magic.
Thanks for the appreciation.
I rise above Rainbow Bridge,
Fight Song exploding,
Draining the life from you.
A less, cold alien floats
before the solstice.
drugs and VR…
he becomes the machine
becoming him, again
Bones that go bump in the night.
Now, I hunt you.
I have no idea what I’m doing, but this is fun. =)
When they realize
that I’m there to rescue them–
I don’t hate that part.
I’m a huge Murderbot fan, and this is absolutely delightful!
The cauldron is full,
the salamander exhales,
breakfast is ready.
Winter wind howling,
the oak does not bend or break,
the dryad sleeps on.
Golden sun rises,
gossamer web gleams with dew,
MurderBot runs by.
*this one just makes me laugh*
Drugs, aliens and strangeness,
Another Dick book.
the zombie eats
its own brain
As lightning flickers,
crows scream a discordant song
the Crone finds shelter.
Fog swirls in moonlight
frogs serenade their partners
will o’ wisp dances.
The mantis watches
through shimmering compound eyes,
These are all amazing! Usually we choose winners at random, but for this annual post I convene my excellent panel of judges, and I’ll be doing that today.
This was really difficult. Our judges deliberated far into the night… okay, maybe not, but we’re in different time zones… so maybe we did.
Susan Emans,if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!
And each of you can feel proud for providing a few minutes of joy and entertainment to the world this year. These were great!
I did not expect this at all! There were so many incredible haikus submitted this year. You made my month. Thank you so much.
Have you reached out to me with your choice? I don’t have a record of it.
Sorry! I’m trying to decide which book.
No rush. Often when a winner leaves a comment, they’ve also sent the email, so I was just checking.
Hello fellow Haikuers! Our Eighth annual Haiku contest is going on here: https://fantasyliterature.com/giveaway/eighth-annual-speculative-fiction-haiku-contest/