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snapshots-longA Cover Story haiku and senryu contest

We are hosting another contest and live webinar event for our Cover Story students! Any student who is currently using the curriculum is eligible to enter their haiku poems from Lessons 16 & 17 or senryu poems from Lesson 61 for a chance to win Amazon gift cards!

Curious about haiku and senryu poems? Scroll to the bottom of the webpage for a more in-depth explanation of the contest guidelines.

Prizes

For this contest, we will select one winner and 3–5 finalists.

The first-place winner will receive an Amazon gift card worth $25 USD.

Each finalist will receive an Amazon gift card worth $15 USD.

Two additional finalists will receive an autographed copy of one of the novels from Mr. Schwabauer’s Legends of Tira-Nor series: Runt the Brave, Runt the Hunted, or The Curse of the Seer. (If your student is a finalist, we will email you to ask which book he or she would prefer.)

How Your Student Can Enter

  1. Any student using Cover Story this school year is eligible to submit two haiku or senryu poems, or one of each.
  2. The poems must be submitted by the parent/teacher of the student.
  3. To be eligible for prizes, the poems must come from the student’s own mind, with no outside input from family, friends, or teachers.
  4. The poems must be accompanied by the student’s first name, age, state/province of residence, and shipping address. (The address should be accompanied by a first and last name, but only the student’s first name, age and state will be listed next to his or her entry.)
  5. Submissions should be emailed to info@coverstorywriting.com. Please include the word “Snapshots” in the subject line.

Submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. CDT on April 9, 2018.

Live Webinar

On Tuesday, May 17, at 7:00 p.m. CDT, Mr. and Mrs. S. will host a special live webinar for you and your Cover Story student. We’ll read many haiku and senryu poems aloud, award prizes to the winners, and revel in the beauty of poetry.

NOTE: You do NOT have to be present at the webinar to win your prize. But it will be fun, so don’t miss it!

Tuesday, May 17, 2018
7:00 p.m. CDT

When it’s time to join the webinar, click on the link to the Webinar Room [link will be posted here]. The online “room” will be open a few minutes early—generally within 15 minutes before start time—so that you can connect and be ready before it starts.

Parents/family members: Only students are eligible to receive giveaway items. Again, please make sure that poems credited to students originated with the students themselves without input from the parent or other outside sources.

PLEASE NOTE:  We will only share your student’s submissions using their first name, age, and state/province of residence. No last names will be mentioned.

Contest Guidelines

Both of these types of poems have a 5 – 7 – 5 syllable structure, like so:

This is a haiku
I am writing it right now
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Haiku
Haiku are themed around
nature or the seasons.

In the autumn breeze,
leaves curl up at the edges,
shiver, drift away.

Senryu
Themed around people or events, often ending in a twist that makes them humorous or gives them a point.

My sister stampedes
downstairs, calls “We’re late!” and trips
over a stray shoe.

NOTE: Students have some leeway with these syllable guidelines, meaning that a 4 – 7 – 5 haiku will not be automatically disqualified from entry. However, we recommend following the intended rhythmic and syllabic structures, as form is one of the criteria we consider when judging. Deviation from the 5 – 7 – 5 syllable structure should be done only if it makes the rhythm of the poem sound more natural, not just because it is easier. We reserve the right to take form into account and to give precedence to poems that do follow the 5 – 7 – 5 structure.

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