Washington State Ferries (WSF) will host its third annual Twitter Haiku contest starting March 9 and running through March 13.
Users can submit ferry-related poems as a Tweet. WSF said it started the contest as a publicity move to bring more followers to its Twitter account, but haiku writing has morphed into a form of education and creativity amongst the community.
“The biggest change from last year is the addition of a second judge local haiku poet Michael Dylan Welch. Also, there will now be four finalists, instead of three like the last two years – so each judge can nominate two finalists each,” WSF spokesperson Justin Fujioka said in an email.
Poems must be a traditional haiku (5-7-5 syllables) about an experience you've had on a Washington state ferry, the perfect length to tweet! The winning poem will be featured on the cover of the 2020 summer sailing schedule.
Two judges, Dylan Welch and Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna, will judge the haikus based on creativity, originality, content, and writing.
Just for fun, here are some of our Haikus:
Sammi the intern Is a diehard transit nerd Send poem, be heard
The tourists are here! They can’t pronounce Puyallup? The pew-AWL-up boat
Puzzles on the boat Orcas birdies on the sound There’s popcorn afloat!
All members of the public, except WSDOT employees and contractors, are eligible to participate.
Dylan recommends this guide on becoming a haiku poet if you’re still unsure about entering or just want to practice.
- One haiku per tweet.
- Poem must be the sole, original work of the entrant.
- An entry may be disqualified if it has been previously published or won awards or competitions.
- Each contestant may submit up to three haiku. Any additional haiku received after the first three are not eligible.
- By entering, all submitters grant WSF the right to use their poems for marketing and communication purposes.
- Do not send your haiku via direct message on Twitter.
The winner of 2019’s contest was featured on the cover of the 2019 WSF sailing schedule.