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It's a writing contest, it's a collaborative grab-bag, it's a panoply of voices and visions.... it's the annual Haiku Year-In-Review (henceforth referred to as HYIR).

To celebrate, examine, and honor the coming of the new year, Broadsided Press runs a contest.

Broadsided artists create work in response to an event that, for them, dominated a season of the past year. We then ask for submissions of haiku that address the same topics (get the guidelines). Finalists are posted online alongside the art and YOU vote on the final combinations.

Need more info? Click the images to the right for previous years' subjects, finalists, and voting results.


In early America, from about 1720 to the early 1900s, newspaper carriers would present their subscribers with a poem on New Year's Day. These broadsides (ahem) were called Carriers' Addresses. Illustrated with engravings, they would chronicle the year's events. See images and information at Brown University's special collection.

The origins of haiku have a tie to the annual through their traditional seasonality. A mention of the moment is a critical element to classic haiku. For those unfamiliar with Haiku, here's a link to a site that discusses traditional formats.

Broadsided Press's commitment to street-worthy art and writing leads us to combine these forms into a modern incarnation that borrows a bit, too, from the graphic spirit of the comic book.


We'll post guidelines for the 2014 HYIR!


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