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Socially Distant Haiku Contest

Three line Nature/Seasons Haiku created from the titles of three items in the NOVA Collection

What Is Haiku


April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, the Annandale Campus Library holds a Book Spine Haiku contest. Because of the current situation, this year's contest is morphing into the Annandale Campus Library’s Socially Distant Book Spine Haiku Contest. We’re moving this year’s contest to an online format. During this time of social distancing, instead of browsing Annandale library shelves contestants will use the online catalog ( to search for titles that appeal to their poetic sensibilities. Poems will be accepted until  5:00pm Friday, April 24th.

Judging and people’s choice voting will be held Monday, April 27th- Friday, May 1st. Rocketbook fusion reusable smart notepads will be awarded for BEST STUDENT HAIKU, BEST FACULTY/STAFF HAIKU, and PEOPLE'S CHOICE HAIKU winners.

What is haiku? Japanese haiku, both traditional and modern, usually center on nature or seasonal themes. Traditional Japanese haiku also follow a three-line format with the first and third lines consisting of 5 syllables each and the second line being 7 syllables. This format is encouraged but not necessary to enter the contest. This is last year’s PEOPLE'S CHOICE winning poem: