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Enter the Holiday Haiku Challenge

Posted by inkpop on December 24, 2009

First things first, congratulations to the winners of the first inkpop Challenge, which invited inkpoppers to write about “10 Things You Should Know About Me.” The two randomly selected Challenge writers are Froggy and WriterGirl95, and the two randomly selected Challenge Commenters are Exiled_Muse and BelindaFlorence.


inkpop Challenge Marker: ic#2

Description: Following the traditional three-line haiku format, get creative about your Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, and other holiday celebrations, humorous tales, and fiascos.

How to write a haiku: An ancient form of Japanese poetry, haikus consist of a specific number of syllables, and don’t necessarily have to rhyme. There are 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second line, and 5 again in the last line.

Here’s an example of a haiku by Bashu, born in 1644 (seriously ancient!):

An old silent pond… (5 syllables)

A frog jumps into the pond, (7 syllables)

splash! Silence again. (5 syllables)

inkpop Format Selection: Poem (When uploading your submission, select “Poem” in Step 1)

Genre: Any

How to Promote: After submitting your holiday haiku, post the link to your project and include your actual holiday haiku in the Forums thread.

Launch Date: Thursday, December 24, 2009

Deadline Date: January 1, 2010, at noon EST

Prizes: inkpop will select 2 random Challenge writers and 2 Challenge commenters, who will receive their choice of three HarperTeen books. The prize winners will be announced here, on the inkpop blog.

inkpop Challenges Rules and Details

Modeled after traditional writing groups or classes, inkpop Challenge deadlines range from a week and a half to up to a month.

Participants upload inkpop Challenge projects in the same fashion as any other inkpop project, and inkpop Challenge submissions are included in the site’s “regular activity” and ranking system, meaning that they are included in the same Top Picks process as non-inkpop Challenge projects. inkpop Challenges vary in topic, formats, word counts, and deadline schedules. inkpop Challenge details are announced via the inkpop blog and Forums.

There are no judges in inkpop Challenges (unless, of course, an inkpop Challenge project becomes a Top Pick, in which case it will be reviewed by the Editorial Board). inkpoppers are encouraged to provide feedback on fellow participants’ work and to add Challenge projects to their Picks lists if they so choose. The purpose of inkpop Challenges is to provide a supportive network and allow inkpoppers additional avenues to participate in community writing challenges.

How to “Flag” inkpop Challenge Submissions

Participants are required to flag their submissions in these three ways:

1. Include the inkpop Challenge marker in the project title. During the “Submit” process, when titling your project, include the inkpop Challenge marker in your project’s title, which will be specified in the initial inkpop Challenge description. The marker will be “ic#1,” “ic#2,” etc.

2. Include the Challenge marker in Tags.  In Step 3 of the “Submit” process, after selecting the genre for your project, include the inkpop Challenge marker in Tags.

3. Promote your inkpop Challenge project on Forums. After submitting your project, announce your submission on Forums and include the project’s URL, within the particular Challenge thread. Here’s the link for the “Holiday Haiku” Forums thread.

inkpop Challenges Prizes

inkpop awards prizes to random inkpop Challenge writers and to those who post comments on participants’ work. Prize details are announced at the time of the inkpop Challenge posting; winners are selected on the inkpop Challenge submission deadline date.

One Response to “Enter the Holiday Haiku Challenge”

  1. Bree (.Muffin.Bear.Rawr.) said

    Can we write a haiku about something LIKE christmas… I have one that I wrote a while ago about the movie Nightmare Before Christmas. Hahaha

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