Vancouver loves its flowering cherry trees – all 40,000 of them! While they bloom from March through May, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival invites you to celebrate their beauty with your haiku. The ephemeral nature of the blossoming of cherry trees teaches us all to celebrate life now. Similarly, haiku captures a fleeting moment in time with deep awareness and subtle appreciation. We encourage both budding and seasoned poets to join other poets from around the world in honouring our awe-inspiring cherry trees. The Festival welcomes haiku submissions that capture the essence of cherry blossoms while honouring our relations to each other and the natural world.
Winners will be published by Haiku Canada, Rice Paper, Ripples and on the VCBF website. Top poems in five main categories (Youth, B.C., Canada, United States, and International) will also appear on TransLink SkyTrains and buses all over Metro Vancouver, receive celebrity readings and be featured in creative ways during the next festival in 2013. Past submissions have arrived from as faraway as Australia, Bangladesh, Croatia, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Malta, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The theme for this year is to “share the joy of cherry blossoms!” Submit your haiku in tribute to cherry blossoms for the 2012 Haiku Invitational.
Please submit your haiku here. The deadline for the 2012 Haiku Invitational is June 4.