Haiku Contest

2022 Hillside Festival Haiku Contest

Read all of this year’s entries here.

2021 Hillside Fest Haiku Contest

Haiku by Basho:

I pull out grey hairs,

And under my pillow,

There is a cricket.

old pond

frog leaps in

water’s sound.

We have winners in the 2021 Haiku Contest. Enjoy all the haiku here.

Download the contest information and rules here: TT haiku21412 PDF

Focus your poems on your experiences in the Hillside Natural Area. Celebrate the annual Trekkers Hillside Festival. 

 —Use methods of classical Japanese Haiku i.e. join two subjects together

—Use image to carry meaning

—Format 17 syllables arranged by line 5-7-5 (but not strictly required)

—Incorporate trees/seasons/sounds experienced while hiking; images entering a trail/ the landscape from a trail /what changed after having hiked/what the trees said/ what the birds didn’t say.

+Three age categories: 18 and over \\13-17 \\12 and under

 First prize in each age category: $50

 Second and third prize in each age category:  $20

+A panel of three esteemed local poets will select winners. Winners will be awarded gift certificates to El Cerrito Natural Grocery and Jenny K Gifts.

+ Include your name, email, phone number, and age if 12 or under, or 13-17. Children 12 and under, please ask your parent or guardian about entering the contest before submitting. Submit to this email: ECTTHaiku@gmail.com . +Submit up to three poems.

                                +Deadline:  May 31, 2021

+New submissions and contestant names posted every few days during May on El Cerrito Trail Trekkers website (www.ectrailtrekkers.org). Children listed by first name & first initial of last name only. Please go to website for more details.

 +Winning haiku will be featured on the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers website after May 31, 2021.