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The Haiku Club

The Haiku Club is a literature project established to encourage writers to explore all forms of Eastern poetry.
To reach these goals, The Haiku Club provides resources and events that challenge participants to better understand the Eastern poetry forms.


The Haiku Club's chat room:
:bulletblue: Mokusō Pavilion :bulletblue:

If one sees a beautiful flower, normally the mind concentrates on it, but with an 'empty mind' (mokusō), the mind is aware of everything else as well as the flower.


Use the-beastie's beautiful stamp, or RedDragonfly's wonderful plz version (haikuplz/haikuplz2), to show support for the Club!   :dalove:

The lovely koi design used in the Haiku Club avatar and stamps was created by DPA-avatars.

Founded by Sano-Balron the club is currently run by

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The Chinese New Year celebration traditionally runs from Chinese New Year's Eve on the last day of the year to the Lantern Festival (元宵節) on the 15th day of the new year.  During the Lantern Festival families go out at night carrying brightly colored lanterns of every shape and size.  At home these are hung by the gate and riddles are attached to them for guests to guess at.  These riddles, called "lantern tigers" because they are difficult to wrestle with, often take the form of poems.  Join the Haiku Club this month as we light up the night for the Chinese New Year.


Celebrate the Chinese Lantern Festival by writing about one or more of these prompts:
  • Light
  • Fire
  • Riddles
  • Persistence

Challenge Yourself (Optional, Try One or Both)

       :star: Write your deviation as a riddle and encourage your readers to guess the answer.  When writing a riddle remember to start with the answer in mind, and then work your way back from that.  Think of things your answer does and sensory descriptions of it.  Then weave these together.  Here is a great discussion about riddle poems throughout history.

       :star: Make a paper lantern with your poem (riddle or not) written on it and add a picture of it to your deviation.  Here are a few different design ideas but you're welcome to find others:


Write an original poem using an Eastern poetry form of your choice.  Your poem should follow the style and structure guidelines for the chosen form.  Remember to mention the form you chose and include a reference to this contest and journal entry in your deviation comments.  Then submit your deviation to our 2015 Events gallery.  If accepted it will be added to the contest collection and journal.  One entry per contest, please.

If you have not participated in a contest here before please consider starting now.  We are here to cultivate and encourage each other while having fun!  Check out our Events Board for information on current and upcoming activities.   :nod:


       All entries must be received by March 1st!   :target:

Get Involved

Help us publicize the Club, our events, and our members.   :phonecall:

Entries   :gallery:
Remember to give them some love!   :clap:



If you are interested in being a judge for this contest let us know.   :juggle:
Volunteering as a judge earns you Contributor status.


The top three selections will receive:  

All entrants will be added to the quarterly prize drawing.  Completing challenge goals and working with under-represented forms counts double.  On April 1st, 2015 a winner will be randomly drawn and given the choice of either:
If you are willing to contribute prizes for this contest let us know.   :winner:
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Weidenlied Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
Since it is almost febuary, ca I ask what that lantern-festival-thingy is, exactly? I can't seem to find an explanation for it...
saiun Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
What makes an octopus laugh?
Weidenlied Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
Bubbles tickling his skin? No idea...
saiun Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
Ten tickles =)
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somnomollior Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014   Writer
It's great to see the club is still going strong.  Well done!
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