Haiku on the footpath

Haiku is a form of short poetry  with seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. Traditionally the Haiku evokes images of the natural world. 

The Mansfield Lantern Festival celebrates winter, community, family and fun. Our Haiku project adds a literary element. 

We’ll print 14 Haiku on special non-slip vinyl and place them on footpaths on Erril Street, where the lantern festival is taking place. 

How to enter

Send your Haiku (as many as you like) to artscouncilmansfield@gmail.com

Conditions of entry

  1. The Haiku must be your own work. 
  2. It must follow the traditional Haiku pattern of three lines, with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line and five syllables in the third line. 
  3. The theme of the Haiku must be ‘winter’. We’ll give preference to Haiku that speak about our local experience of winter her in Mansfield and district. 
  4. We will choose 14 Haiku to be printed on vinyl and placed on the footpath in Erril Street.
  5. Each Haiku will be printed on its own vinyl square, accompanied by sponsor logos and the poet’s name. If you want to remain anonymous, just let us know and will make sure your name does not appear on the printed poem.
  6. The selected Haiku will also be posted on the Arts Mansfield website and printed on an A4 handout that you can collect for free during the lantern festival or at the Mansfield Produce Store.
  7. Arts Mansfield’s decision about the which 14 Haiku will be displayed is final and no discussion will be entered into.

Attend a workshop at the library

We’re holding two Haiku workshops 

Saturday 2 June from 10 to 11:30 am

Tuesday 5 June from 4 to 5:30 pm

Book your place by dropping in to the library, or call on 5775 2176.

For more information about the workshops contact Miriam on 0407 664 202

Submit your Haiku by Thursday 7 June