Sunset colored signs covered the ground last spring and summer with the creative work of minds from around the world. Back for the 11th year, the neighborhood’s favorite haiku poetry competition is back and accepting entries for the 2024 contest.
The contest began in 2014 and 400 local residents submitted their poems. Over the past 10 years, the competition has grown exponentially to more than 3,100 submissions in 2023 including all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico and 75 countries around the globe.
This year, participants can submit up to two original poems for consideration in the contest. Entries will be accepted through Feb. 4 at 11:59 p.m. A panel of judges will review the submissions and select winners to be featured on posters throughout the downtown business corridor and to receive prize money up to $500. Two local youth winners, one high school and one elementary or middle school student, will also be selected.
Community members are also invited to participate in a haiku writing workshop on Tuesday Jan. 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the St. Gregory Hotel (2033 M St. NW). In partnership with the Japan-America Society of Washington DC, the workshop will guide participants through an interactive session of creating haiku poetry.
The event is free, but advanced registration is required. Learn more and register to attend here.
Visit goldentriangledc.com to learn more about the Golden Haiku and upcoming events in the neighborhood.
Sarah Payne is a reporter for Capital Community News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.