is a Japanese star festival that celebrates the reunion of Orihime (Vega
) and Hikoboshi (Altair
). According to legend they are separated by the Amanogawa (Milky Way
, lit. "heavenly river") and may only meet once per year
on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month.
In present-day Japan people generally celebrate this day by writing wishes, often in the form of poetry, on small pieces of paper called tanzaku
. They hang these on bamboo
, sometimes with other decorations.Select a Prompt
Write a wish in the form of a poem. For bonus points create your own tanzaku and submit a drawing, painting, or photo of it (maybe even tied to a tree) along with your poem.
Write about reunion with a person, place, or object important to you.
Write about the night sky.Winners Rules
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 and note me directly. If accepted it will be added to the contest collection and journal.
You may submit a second entry, if you choose, that includes a kigo
(season word). Remember to follow the Global Saijiki Submission Guidelines
so that we can showcase it properly.
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. Deadline
All entries must be received by September 1st! Get Involved
Help us publicize the Club, our events, and our members. Entries
Remember to give them some love! Judges
If you are interested in being a judge for this contest let us know.
Volunteering as a judge earns you Contributor status.Prizes
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 October 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.