Kaiju Haiku competition

Can YOU beat ME in a haiku showdown?


If you look at traditional examples of the haiku, there’s a simplicity and beauty about them that you just don’t see in a sonnet or ballad or villanelle. And I don’t think you can find a better haiku master than Matsuo Basho, the man who truly championed the form.

Traditionally a Japanese poem, the westernised¬†version translates much the same. It must be three lines long and contain seventeen syllables, with five syllables on the first line, seven on the second, five on the third. If you’re old school like me, you’ll want to write your haiku keeping in mind the traditional focus on themes like nature and time and seasons, capturing the simple beauty of animals and plants and shit like that.

If you’re more of a new school kind of guy (I’d consider Josh Myers’ haiku as new school) the form is a launching-off point where you can say and do anything, so long as it remains confined within those seventeen syllables. Greater freedom of content, opportunities to do interesting things with the form.


I’ve teamed up with Josh to bring you the Kaiju Haiku competition.

I’ve seen and done enough competitions to know that there’s enough where you do something to enter a draw to earn a prize. This competition isn’t like that.

This is YOU versus ME in a kaiju themed haiku challenge, judged by the haiku champ, Josh Myers.

Best two out of three wins.


If I win, I get bragging rights as the ultimate kaiju haiku beastmaster.

If you win, you take the metaphoric crown and I’ll mail you out one of my chapbooks (your choice between several chapbooks of poetry or short fiction).

The contest will stay open for two weeks (until the 5th of October).

Submissions will be accepted by social media smackdown. Contact me on Facebook or Twitter with #KaijuHaiku and show me what you got.


Josh Myers:

Godzilla is big.

Golly, look at that lizard.

Sure is a tall one.

S.T. Cartledge:

Cherry blossom fields,

crushed petals beneath giant

feet, a giant beast!

Josh Myers:

Holy smokes, monsters!

How big do you think they are?

Bigger than my dad.

S.T. Cartledge:

The river trembles.

Hey, look! In the mountains, a

kingfisher kaiju!

Josh Myers is the author of Haiku Fuck You from Carrion Blue 555, as well as Feast of Oblivion and Guns.


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