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The Pollard Memorial Library is accepting entries for Haiku and Tanka entries for all ages for a special writers’ showcase event as part of Lowell’s City of Learning Festival.

Entries will begin to be accepted September 5th through October 7th and be on display at the library starting October 14th.

Your Haiku or Tanka entries should be submitted via

Written entries should be submitted in the entry text box on the submission form; however, art or created versions of your writing can also be submitted by attaching a Word (.docx), PDF, or image file.

Entries will be on display at the Library through the month of October, but also available on the City of Learning highlights page at as well.

Submission overview

Haiku and Tanka are both traditional poetry forms from Japan.

Haiku submissions should consist of 3 lines. The first and third lines both have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7. Haiku appeals to the senses (sight, smell, taste, touch and sound) and it also touches the heart.

Tanka submissions should be a 31 syllable poem with 5 lines with line 1 having 5 syllable, line 2 having 7, line 3 with 5, and lines 4 and 5 having 7.

A maximum of 5 submissions per person will be allowed. Please submit every entry one at a time.

Art can accompany your submission.

Submissions will be grouped by ages of the authors and the community will be encouraged to recognize their favorites.



How to Write Haiku

Funny Haiku for all ages

Haiku Poems about Love

Famous Haiku Poems



How to Write Tanka

Funny Tanka Poems

Love Tanka Poems

Overview of Tanka with Famous Tanka Poems