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Haiku Hike Literary Competition Opens February 9


Haiku Hike Literary Competition Opens February 9

This year’s theme is Serenity


DOWNTOWN TUCSON, AZ, February 7, 2024 – Calling all creatives, writers, and aspiring poets from the Old Pueblo and beyond! The Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) together with the University of Arizona Poetry Center are proud to announce the 5th annual Haiku Hike literary competition.

This year’s theme is Serenity. Poets are encouraged to submit haiku reflecting this theme.

Twenty winning haiku poems will be printed on acrylic signage and displayed in planters located on Congress Street and Stone Avenue in Downtown Tucson. Haiku entries will be judged by Tucson’s Poet Laureate, TC Tolbert. All winners will receive public recognition and have their work featured on public signage downtown, online and in the media.

These signs will provide visual and cultural interest during the season, beginning on the first day of spring, Tuesday, March 19.

A haiku is a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables in three lines of five, seven and five. Haiku depicts a concise sentiment with rich imagery revolving around seasonal topics. Learn more about haiku here.

Interested poets may enter at and submissions will be accepted until the end of the day on February 29. Winners will be announced on DTP’s website, social media and by email to all entrants.

Last year’s theme was Planting Seeds. 1,556 haiku were submitted from 23 countries, 28 states and 1,114 coming from Tucson.




More information about the Downtown Tucson Partnership can be found online at

DTP Media Contact: Jenny Knight, Marketing Specialist