Black Heart’s 3rd annual Kick-Ass Haiku Contest is now closed for submissions. The winner will be announced on the site on October 25, 2013.

It’s time once again for Black Heart’s Kick-Ass Haiku Contest – the only haiku contest where writers are encouraged to break with tradition and submit their most kick-ass poetry, in 5-7-5 form.

THEME: The city of the future

"The City of Dharchonia" image by Tateishi Eigo

“The City of Dharchonia” image by Tateishi Eigo

ENTRY FEE: $10 – includes a free copy of Haiku for Lovers

PRIZE: As always, one winner takes it all, including an even bigger cash prize of $250, a free copy of every ebook in the Buttontapper Press catalogue, and a featured spot in BP’s 2014 “Futuristic Haiku” anthology.

NOTES: Send up to 5 haiku per entry. Multiple entries are permitted. All submissions must be in haiku format (traditional or modern), and in some way reflect the theme “the city of the future.” For some excellent visual inspiration, check out Hongkiat’s 100 Imaginative “Cities of the Future” Artworks post.

TO ENTER: Submissions for this year’s contest are closed, as of midnight on September 30, 2013.

Previous Winners & Poems


Colin D. Halloran

Lying next to you
I cannot feel you, only
that you are not her

Runners up: Luke Aditsan, Drew Jennings, Daniel Leonard, Mark Leci, Ellaraine Lockie


Vasile Moldovan

On the clothes line
the evening breeze undresses
the moon’s kimono

Hanging on the rope,
lost among the swaddling clothes
even the wedding dress

The moon is rising
a shadow of young woman look for
its companion

Two lovers under
the umbrella and on its handle
just a lady bird

2nd Place: Tim Case

3rd Place: Nicole of the Pop Tarts

More haiku

Want more haiku? Check out our sister site, Buttontapper Press, for their titles Haiku for Lovers and Haiku for Haters. Coming soon: city haiku from New York, Montreal, San Diego, London, Paris and Timbuktu, plus anthologies for cat and dog lovers!

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