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.Prompt
Celebrate the Chinese Lantern Festival by writing about one or more of these prompts:
Challenge Yourself (Optional, Try One or Both)
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
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: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. 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. Deadline
All entries must be received by March 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 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.