Write a Humanist Haiku for World Humanist Day

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Poetry has the power to transform minds and bring forth powerful moments of introspection. Now in its fourth year, TheHumanist.com’s annual haiku contest is back in 2023 to give our readers the opportunity to commemorate World Humanist Day on June 21 through creative and provocative poems.

A haiku is a seemingly-simple form of poetry in three lines: five syllables for the first line, seven syllables for the second, and five syllables for the third. The challenge is to capture a moment in just seventeen total syllables. The best haikus should convey evocative imagery through words. A title is optional—and some say a skilled haiku writer doesn’t need one.

We invite you to express your thoughts about humanism and humanist values while adhering to the haiku format. Your submissions will be reviewed by our editors and staff, and we’ll publish our favorite haikus right here on theHumanist.com on World Humanist Day, June 21, 2023. Established in the 1980s, World Humanist Day is an opportunity for humanists around the world to celebrate the positive values of humanism and explores issues of concern to our movement. Learn more about World Humanist Day here.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, June 12th.

Can’t see the below embedded form? Submit your haiku directly here.