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!

Laura Roberts
Laura Roberts is the author behind The Buttontapper. She writes about sex, travel, writing, and ninjas – though not necessarily in that order. If you like what you read, buy one of her books!
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!