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The Haiku Club

The Haiku Club is a literature project that encourages writers to explore all forms of Eastern poetry. We provide resources and events that challenge participants to better understand the Eastern poetry forms and have fun in the process.

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Founded by Sano-Balron the club has benefited from the creative energy and hard work of the following haijin.

:iconalmcdermid:   :icondeinktvis:   :iconiscariot-priest:   :iconlaurence55:   :iconmoyanii:   :iconmreid973:   :iconmsjames:   :iconnorui:   :iconreddragonfly:   :iconsaiun:   :iconsano-balron:   :iconsolarts:   :iconsomethingzenzen:   :iconsomnomollior:   :iconthe-beastie:


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.




Tanabata 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

  :star: 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.

   :bulletblue:  Write about reunion with a person, place, or object important to you.

   :bulletpurple:  Write about the night sky.


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.   :nod:


       All entries must be received by September 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 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.   :winner:
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DiceCube5 Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello and Thx4 accept my request to join in your group! La la la la 

I'm writting
haiku in my native language, in Polish, but I always publish the English version in the description, so don't be surprise, if you will see a strange language in your group gallery B-) (Cool)

I hope, that we
will spend a lot of time on discussions about haiku!
saiun Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
Good to meet you Mathew!  

We're a global group so poetry in any language is more than welcome (though author translations always beat Google Translate). =)  

Hope to see you participating in our regular events.  

jade-pandora Featured By Owner May 22, 2015
:hug: Welcome to the group!
DiceCube5 Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thx! :happybounce: 
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...
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