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Saturday, February 26, 2011

The 2011 Kids Count for Earthday Haiku Contest now open!

Children and young people are getting us to look after our planet through the message of haiku!

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The Haiku Society of America is sponsoring One Year Memberships as prizes for The 2011 Kids Count for Earthday Haiku Contest created by Planetpals (Worldwide); With Words (U.K.); and Sketchbook Haiku Journal (USA).

The contest is designed to combine the love of Earth with the sheer simple
fun of writing Japanese haiku in English!


We call it the The 2011 "Kids Count for Earthday" Haiku Contest because we want you to help all of us to learn how to keep the planet clean and healthy!

Kids and young people will only need to count approximately 5-7-5  or use some combination of short, long, short syllables, to create their Earthday haiku.

The Contest has four haiku poets all experienced in judging British and American haiku, and international haiku from children and young people worldwide.

So who can enter?

Children and young people aged from 7 years old right up to 20 years from
the USA, UK and English Speaking Countries (including Alaska, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii; as well as Japan; Africa; India; Pakistan; Bangladesh; China; Middle East; and Australia; New Zealand and all other countries). If English is not your first language please do add an English language version of your haiku entry as well.

The Haiku Society of America is represented by an'ya; Alan Summers of With Words (UK); Judith Gorgone of Planetpals (Worldwide); Karina Klesko of Sketchbook, Journal for Eastern and Western Short Forms.

The contest is now open
Starting Date: February 22nd, 2011
Ending Date: Earthday-April 22nd, 2011


The competition is open to individual students 7 - 20 years old;  
and the theme is"What Earthday means to you".

There will be winners for each category and entries based age appropriately.

All entries must be postmarked no later than April 22, 2011 
and include the students name and address or school name and address. 
(*NOTE: winners private information will not be distributed to any 3rd parties - all
information is for internal purposes only )

Entries must be e-mailed to:

To be notified of results then email kidscount4earthday@gmail.comagain
saying "Let me know!" in the subject line.

Announcements of the Winners will be by May 22, 2011.

Winning Entries will be published in Sketchbook, a Journal for Eastern and
Western Short Forms.

For further information go to the competition website:

Enjoy the challenge of writing modern haiku, and best of luck!
Alan, Judith, Karina, and an'ya (judges)

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