Poetry Contest: Honing Heartfelt Humanist Haikus

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send ruminations
to TheHumanist.com
via short haiku

Poetry has the power to transform minds and bring forth powerful moments of introspection. And with our shell-shocked world seemingly careening from crisis to crisis, we could all use a little bit of healthy reflection via the written word.

TheHumanist.com is happy to announce our first-ever haiku contest. A haiku is a seemingly-simple form of poetry in three lines: five syllables on line one, seven syllables on line two, and five syllables on line three. The challenge is to capture a “now” moment in seventeen total syllables. A title is optional—and some say a skilled haiku poet doesn’t need it.

Express your thoughts on the state of the world while adhering to the haiku format. The best haikus will be able to convey evocative imagery through words. Your submissions will be reviewed by our editors, and we’ll publish our favorite haikus in two weeks.

Aug. 28, 2020This contest has now closed! Our judges have reviewed your humanist haikus. Read our winners on here.