Posted on 18 July 2009 by

Hot Tomato Haiku Contest

tomato-arts-fest1By Vanessa Richins

I’ve written before about the wonderful Tomato Art Fest in Nashville, Tennessee.

For the 2nd time, they’re holding a tomato haiku contest.

Get your thinking caps on and get ready to enter!

As a reminder, a haiku is a traditional Japanese form of poetry. It is comprised of 3 lines (though sometimes less) and 17 syllables. Many use the form 5-7-5, where the first and third lines have 5 syllables, and the 2nd has 7 syllables.

Basic Rules (see for all the details):

  • Up to 10 family-friendly haikus about tomatoes (in English) can be submitted per person
  • Send 1 haiku per email. Put the category in the subject and include your name and contact information.
  • Children under 12 may also participate with parent’s permission.
  • Enter by Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 11:59pm.


  • An iPod Touch for Best of Show.

Each winner in the following categories will win a gift certificate to a local store.

  • Bashō’s Beefsteak – Sincere, ardent, traditional . . . reminiscent of haiku genius Bashō.
  • Formal Champion – Surprise and delight us with your innovations in form.
  • Plum Humorous – Make us grin.
  • Stinky Tomato – Your worst, most rotten haiku.
  • Fried Green Haiku – For kids up to age 12.

Winning haiku will be read by the author at the Tomato Art Fest on August 8th, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Here are a couple of examples I received to get you started.  Good luck!

Red, round, delicious.
Heirloom or organic types.
Great for eating fresh.

-@Larked via Twitter

Seeds are distraction
juice is just liquid but warm
the rest is heaven

-@Plantanista via Twitter

4 Responses to “Hot Tomato Haiku Contest”

  1. Ray ( Dad ( White Says:

    We are always seeing something interesting on TomatoCasual. My readers love it. DAD

  2. Marinela Says:

    Good haiku

  3. Luke Says:

    Thanks for helping us get the word out. It’s going to be wild!

  4. Lorretta Says:

    Where do we send the haikus? The link to Bookfool is not good

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