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Golden Haiku 2021

Calling all aspiring poets from around the neighborhood and around the world: The Golden Triangle BID’s eighth annual Golden Haiku poetry contest is accepting entries through February 7, 2021.

This year’s theme is “Daydreams & Musings,” inviting poems that offer a sense of escape and reflection from many perspectives. Winning poets will receive prizes and recognition, and winning haiku will be shared on social media and displayed in the neighborhood beginning in March 2021.

Submit Your Haiku

Submit your haiku via the button below. Poets are invited to submit up to three original, self-authored haiku.

Submit Your Haiku


Originating in Japan, haiku is the shortest form of poetry in the world. In a short descriptive verse, it captures a moment in the poet’s life or simply expresses the beauty of nature.

Since 2014, the Golden Triangle BID has hosted the Golden Haiku poetry contest to bring pops of warmth, color, and inspiration to the streets of downtown DC during the late winter months. We invite the public to write and submit original, contemporary haiku for this temporary community art project. New this year is an addition of a youth category, inviting students to explore haiku and perhaps become published poets.

Submissions are reviewed by an expert panel of judges; winning poets receive prizes, and winning haiku are displayed on colorful street signs in the tree boxes lining the streets of the Golden Triangle neighborhood.

The contest’s popularity has grown each year; it is internationally recognized and beloved by locals and visitors alike. Last year, we received 1,700 submissions from 40 countries and 32 states and the District of Columbia. See winning haiku from 2020 here.


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