Haiku a Book Contest

Copyblogger’s haiku contest was so much fun, we have decided to hold our own. The prize will be a $15 gift card from iTunes. The subject is anything to do with a book (ex. about the story or illustrations, about your enjoyment of the book, or books in general). Only original work, please.

Haiku is a form of poetry that consists of 17 syllables broken up into three phrases of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively.

The contest expires December 31, 2008. Post your haiku in the comments for this post. If you wish, you can certainly Twitter it, too. The winner will be announced both here and on Twitter. The account to follow is minerva66.

49 Responses to “Haiku a Book Contest”

  1. minerva66 Says:

    Here is one I came up with:

    Harry Potter craze / Is the buzz dying down yet? / Pottercast says “No.”

  2. redwall_hp Says:

    A circular world / Nearing the end of a turn / Prophesy abounds.

    (The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan)

  3. Sarah Says:

    Most people in need / Turn to comfort foods. But me, / I have comfort books.


  4. Jenine Says:

    What a laugh riot!/Thinking of words to write down./Funny Stories made.

    Haiku to Mad Libs (kind of a book, right?) I happened to be playing with my son while trying to think up something to write.

  5. minerva66 Says:

    If you like mad libs, maybe you’ll like my sons Potter Libs at the Site of Requirement.

    One thing I didn’t think to say-you can submit as many haiku as you like.

  6. Jenine Says:

    The link didn’t work. If you want to try again I am definitely interested!

  7. minerva66 Says:

    You weren’t able to get to the Potter Libs or the Libs didn’t work? The link took me right to it.

  8. minerva66 Says:

    Ok, my son just checked and said they aren’t working. He had a loss of data recently and will try to fix it within the next couple days. We probably need to update them, too, since they are fun.

  9. DrCreep Says:

    Aunt Pol raises boy,
    Old Wolf story teller,
    Garion’s venture.

  10. DrCreep Says:

    that is based on David Eddings’ Pawn of Prophecy.

  11. redwall_hp Says:

    Lots of words fill it.
    Nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs.
    Find out what they mean.

    (Webster’s Dictionary)

  12. Nate Says:

    Frodo gets a ring / Oh no, the thing is evil / He destroys the ring.

    Hello, Dr. Creep? / You haven’t been on Runescape. / Er… Why have you not?

  13. minerva66 Says:

    Will’s new awareness. / The cycle recommences. / The Dark Is Rising

    This is one of the first fantasy or YA series that I read. Still one of my favorites. Author – Susan Cooper.

  14. minerva66 Says:

    Because ten authors / stories of every kind / building and branching.


  15. pdhski Says:

    Consuming a book /
    Ingesting words with our eyes /
    Its food for the soul

  16. Jim Says:

    The Harry Potter series…

    Young orphan with a mark
    Fights evil wizard with friends
    Creates family.

  17. Jim Says:

    Catcher in the Rye

    Drop-out goes crazy
    drinking and swearing but still
    protects innocence.

  18. Jim Says:

    Fahrenheit 451

    Firefighters torch books,
    ideas seen as dangerous.
    One wakes up, escapes.

  19. Jim Says:

    Fiction is not false.
    Truths are often revealed
    By ink on paper.

  20. Jim Says:

    We all live and die
    but Charlotte saves humble pig
    before she passes.

  21. minerva66 Says:

    Hey, pdhski, I like your submission. You would not believe the bowling we are doing now. Too many days. Al and I are going to join a league soon, I hope.

    Jim, wow! I know you love the poetry. Though it may be dangerous, I might have to try a limerick contest sometime. I like your entries, but not so good with the syllables. Do you want to try to adjust them? For a contest, I think I have to stick to the 5/7/5 pattern.

  22. minerva66 Says:

    One to bear burdens. / Society without pain / Excludes happiness.

    The Giver by Lois Lowry

  23. pdhski Says:

    Reading is learning
    So learning equals knowledge
    Knowledge is power

  24. Jim Says:

    Young orphan with mark
    Fights evil wizard with friends
    Creates family.

    That was the only mistake I can find.

  25. minerva66 Says:

    2nd line in Fahrenheit 451 is 8.
    2nd line in #19 is 6. Maybe counted revealed as 3?

    Have had some probs myself. Been doing some for fun, as different idea. Don’t you hate it when the words are perfect, but syllables won’t work? Thought to send a haiku email daily 12 days leading up to Christmas and maybe Twitter, since I haven’t been sending cards or presents. Way to connect with people. Got 4 already.

  26. minerva66 Says:

    Going to have difficulty choosing. Plan on having other opinions. Maybe librarians and teacher friends.

  27. minerva66 Says:

    Don’t think I thought of this while reading The Giver. How Christ-like the idea is. Dump all the burdens onto one person willing to shoulder it all. And generations go by without a new person willing to take over the burden.

  28. Jim Says:


    Firefighters torch books,
    ideas are dangerous.
    One wakes up, escapes.

    Fiction is not false.
    Great truths are often revealed
    By ink on paper.

  29. minerva66 Says:

    Thanks Jim, Those are the ones I like the best of yours and figured they would be in the running. Need to think of some more myself just for fun.

  30. minerva66 Says:

    Gutenberg entrusts / magic book to assistant. / Modern search for book.
    Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton

    art, life, connections / multiple ways of thinking / missing boy and art
    The Calder Game by Blue Balliett

    Greek gods living now / Percy is half; fights monsters / Kronos plots revenge.
    Percy Jackson and the Olympians

  31. redwall_hp Says:

    How can a book fit
    inside a poem so short?
    Where is the story?

  32. minerva66 Says:

    Look for the essence./ Extract key thoughts or concepts./ Memorable scene.

  33. redwall_hp Says:

    Even just one scene / cannot be distilled easy. / Near impossible.

  34. minerva66 Says:

    promote discussion / inspire interest in books / that’s the intention

  35. redwall_hp Says:

    Need I remind you? / Don’t judge a book by cover. / Or by it’s haiku.

  36. minerva66 Says:

    haiku is about / sharing part not whole subject / a glimpse is enough

  37. kingjakob101 Says:

    What are you doing / Writing these silly haiku’s / In your comment posts?

  38. kingjakob101 Says:

    And I agree with Redwall.

  39. redwall_hp Says:


    Okay, whatever. / You may win the argument, / but my point is good.

  40. minerva66 Says:

    It is a good point. / Not expecting a review. / Just shared ideas.

  41. Nate Says:

    Go to Dragonsden / dot com, see my new comics / they’re hilarious

  42. Nate Says:

    What’s with Haiku with / odd, nonsensical wording? / refridgerator

  43. Nate Says:

    Reading Brisingr / hear about Haiku contest / gives me good idea.

    Prize is Itunes card / this is totally awesome / probably not win.

    Paolini’s last book / What! It isn’t anymore!? / It’s a trilogy!

  44. minerva66 Says:

    generate new cells / human memory upload / ninety percent new

    The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

  45. minerva66 Says:

    minds trapped in boxes / technology goes too far / but new life, not freak

    Here’s another for The Adoration of Jenna Fox, because one was not enough to express what I wanted.

  46. pdhski Says:

    Conversing within
    The confines of a haiku:
    Syllable recount

  47. redwall_hp Says:

    What happened before
    Merlin came to Great Britain?
    Wizard’s Beginning.

    (T. A. Barron’s The Lost Years of Merlin series.)

  48. minerva66 Says:

    Thank you all for your participation. I will need a few days to decide, since I want to get some other opinions. Will announce winner soon.

  49. minerva66 Says:

    Results can be viewed here.

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