The Golden Triangle Hosts Golden Haiku Poetry Contest

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The Golden Triangle Hosts Golden Haiku Poetry Contest


The Golden Triangle BID (Business Improvement District)’s tenth annual Golden Haiku poetry submission period opens on January 9, 2023 and will close on February 5, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Poets are invited to submit up to two original, self-authored haiku. Haiku are selected by the panel of judges.

Originating in Japan, haiku is the shortest form of poetry in the world. In a short descriptive verse, it captures a moment in the poet’s life or simply expresses the beauty of nature.

Since 2014, the Golden Triangle BID has hosted the Golden Haiku poetry contest to bring pops of warmth, color, and inspiration to the streets of downtown DC during the late winter months. The public is invited to write and submit original, contemporary haiku for this temporary community art project. In 2021, the youth category was introduced, inviting students to explore haiku and perhaps become published poets. The contest is open to all ages, worldwide.

Submissions are reviewed by an expert panel of judges; winning poets receive prizes, and winning haiku are displayed on colorful street signs in the tree boxes lining the streets of the Golden Triangle neighborhood.


Golden Haiku follows the Haiku Society of America’s guidelines for modern haiku, which does not require the traditional 5-7-5 structure. Removing the strict structural requirements for syllables frees the author to use evocative language to capture a moment or expression of beauty in a short, descriptive verse.

All entries are reviewed and judged by a distinguished panel of published haiku experts who select first, second, and third place winners, a regional favorite, and Youth Category winners.

Authors of the winning haiku receive:
First Place – $500
Second Place – $200
Third Place – $100
Regional/DC Winner – $200
Youth Category Winners:
High School Winner – $150
Elementary/Middle School Winner – $75

Winning haiku—along with a selection of judges’ choices—are displayed in hundreds of tree boxes along some of Washington DC’s most iconic streets from March through early May. The colorful haiku signs brighten the winter landscape for all passersby to enjoy, reminding them during those late winter months that spring is just around the corner.

Submission period opens January 9, 2023 and will close on February 5, 2023.

Each participant may enter only once, submitting a maximum of two original, self-authored haiku via the submission form. Winners will be notified by email in early March, and publicly announced in mid-March.

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For more information and to submit, click here.