From Golden Haiku –

Submission Deadline: February 4, 2024

Golden Haiku season has arrived! We are thrilled to announce the 2024 Golden Haiku theme “Transforming Paths”. The eleventh annual Golden Haiku competition’s submission period is open now through February 4, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Poets are invited to submit up to two original, self-authored haiku. Winning poets will receive monetary awards and recognition. Selected haiku will be shared on social media and displayed throughout the Golden Triangle neighborhood in March.

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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.

For more than a decade, the Golden Triangle BID has hosted the Golden Haiku poetry competition to bring pops of warmth, color, and inspiration to the streets of downtown DC during the late winter months. We invited the public to write and submit original, contemporary haiku for this temporary community art project. In 2021, we introduced a youth category, inviting students to explore haiku and perhaps become published poets, and in 2024 a sub-group for Regional/DC youth has been added. The competition 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.

The competition’s popularity has grown each year; it is internationally recognized and beloved by locals and visitors alike. In 2023, we received entries from 75 countries, 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. See winning haiku from 2023 here.