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Haiku Hike Literary Contest Now Open


Haiku Hike Literary Contest Now Open

This year’s theme is “Living in the Present Moment”

DOWNTOWN TUCSON, AZ, February 12, 2020 – Calling all creatives, writers and aspiring poets from the Old Pueblo and beyond! The Downtown Tucson Partnership together with the University of Arizona Poetry Center are proud to announce the 2nd annual Haiku Hike literary competition.

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 throughout the spring season, beginning April 3. The theme of this year’s competition is Living in the Present Moment. Poets are encouraged to submit haiku reflecting this theme.

A haiku is a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables in three lines of five, seven and five. Learn more about haiku here.

Interested poets may enter at and submissions will be accepted through March 10. Winners will be announced on Downtown Tucson Partnership’s website, social media and by email to all entrants. Only one winning entry per person.

Last year’s theme was Life in the City. 977 haiku were submitted; 825 came from Tucson and the remaining hailed from 12 different states and five countries.

More information about the Downtown Tucson Partnership can be found here.

DTP Media Contact: Zach Baker, Marketing & Communications Manager