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November 1 - December 1, 2013 we accepted submissions for this year's contest. No entry fee. Nothing tricky, but we do have guidelines (see below).


VOTING. See finalists for each season along with art by Caleb Brown and cast your vote for the winning combinations.


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.


1.) Artist Caleb Brown has have chosen the topics for each season. You now may write a haiku on the same topic for each season:

Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb): A meteor explodes over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk
Spring (March, April, May): Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina elected the 266th pope
Summer (June, July, August): Birth of Prince George of Cambridge
Fall (September, October, November): Standoff over Obamacare Results in government shutdown

2.) Email your submissions to In the subject line, please write "HYIR: X" (X being the season to which you are responding).

3.) The haiku, along with a brief biographical note, should be in the BODY of your email (not an attachment).

4.) If you respond to more than one season, please send separate emails.

5.) Please limit yourself and send your best work—only one entry per person, per season.

6.) Deadline for haiku submissions: December 1, 2013.

On December 12, 2013, we will post the best haiku for each season online, along with the art created by the four artists. You will have a chance to vote for the haiku that best fits the art for each season. Deadline for voting: December 22, 2013.

The final Haiku Year-In-Review with the four winning poems and four visual responses will be published on the Broadsided site and posted around the world on January 1, 2014

You may also download a pdf version of the contest guidelines.


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