ODU’s Big Read 2010 Haiku Writing Contest

• What’s a haiku? A haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. It has 17 syllables written in three, unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables.

• Who can participate? Everyone in the Hampton Roads area is allowed to participate.

• What is the prize? 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Place Prizes will be given. Winners and some Runners-Up will be selected to read their poems at ODU’s Big Read Closing Ceremony on May 29, 2010 at the Central Library in Chesapeake from 1:00 pm—3:00 pm.

• Who are the Judges? A panel of writers, teachers, and college students in the Hampton Roads area will read all of the haiku and select the winners.

• What do we have to write about? Your haiku should be inspired by The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. You may submit up to 3 entries.

• How do we participate? To participate, post your haiku on ODU’s Big Read Ning at http://odubigread.ning.com by May 22, 1010. Include your name, e-mail address, and grade level with each entry.

• Questions? Please e-mail Kaa (khintonj@odu.edu) or Clyde (chunter@chesapeake.lib.va.us).

• Winning Entries will be posted on ODU’s Big Read Ning at http://odubigread.ning.com