By 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 bookfool.com 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.
- BashÅ’s Beefsteak – Sincere, ardent, traditional . . . reminiscent of haiku genius BashÅ.
- 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.Â 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