June Haiku Contest – Write your best summertime haiku

It’s June! To celebrate the first “official” month of summer, I’ve decided to hold a month-long haiku contest.

"Summertime" (photo by Flickr user sergionflickr)

“Summertime” (photo by Flickr user sergionflickr)

Your mission: To write the world’s best Summertime Haiku.

Your deadline: Anytime before June 30, 2013 (midnight your time, no cheating!)

Rules: This is open to anyone, anywhere in the world who enjoys writing haiku. Haiku can be about anything related to summertime. Haiku should be written in traditional 5-7-5 format. You can submit only ONE haiku per person, so make it your best!

Prizes: Winners will receive a free copy of Buttontapper Press’s Haiku For Lovers ebook. You can read it on your favorite dedicated e-reading device, your smartphone, or your computer. Winners will be selected by Buttontapper Press author and editor Laura Roberts.

To submit: We’re keeping it simple – just write your haiku in the comments section for this page. Don’t forget to include a real email address so that we can contact you if you win!

To get you started, here’s one of my summertime haiku:

warm sun, cool drinks, good
books at the beach, grilling out,
sizzling summer!

20 Responses
  1. Robert Cole says:

    No AC for weeks.
    Kids die elsewhere for nothing.
    I always complain.

  2. Thanks for being the first to submit, Robert!

  3. Thumbs under sundress straps,
    Strawberries lost on your tongue,
    Coercing a kiss.

  4. Shandyowl says:

    Discarded beer cans,
    Raindrops falling on your head.
    Glasgow barbecue.

  5. Ben Kasson says:

    Swirling fireflies,
    Ignite in my eyes, spark of

  6. Tricia says:

    On heavy shoulder
    of sunburned-man, moon tattoo
    boat turns to sunset

  7. Jay Sizemore says:

    Swimming pool sunburns,
    novels read through stinging sweat.
    Ice cream waffle cone.

  8. fabio sassi says:

    Sun oil and towel
    Swipe the badge to your fave beach
    Summer as usual

  9. Michael J. Abolafia says:

    your face illumed, like
    fireflies in the first flush
    of summer twilight

  10. Bright days of beach fun
    Family vacation joy
    Solstice to solstice

  11. Sue G. says:

    Slept in bathing suit
    on hard canvas Army cot
    and swam with the stars.

  12. Bonnie Quan Symons says:

    Barbecues, beaches,
    festivals, four-day work weeks.
    Summer ‘s nearly here!

  13. Bonnie Quan Symons says:

    Barbecues, beaches,
    festivals, four-day work weeks.
    The summer is here!

  14. Liliana Becerril says:

    Sun tans, lighter hair
    Scorching sun, here at last yes
    Bikini season

  15. Backpacks here.
    Parents feel a mission near,
    snacks lack cheer.

  16. Tomislav Maretić says:

    on the garden table,
    a centipede investigates
    my new haiku

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  18. John Carroll says:

    lapping at the night
    daily its tide advances
    flowing over stars

  19. Rohi Shetty says:

    The blazing noon sun,
    atop the cloudless blue sky;
    dives into the sea.

  20. Wow, these are all great summertime haiku. This is going to be a difficult pick. Keep ’em coming!