Horyuji – Masaoka Shiki (1895), Image –

I had a year of challenging myself to learn new styles and participated in other blogger’s challenges to try and find my comfort zone. In that time, I felt especially drawn to one style. It’s the simple yet powerful expression one can find in a haiku. While editing my last book, I realized that out of 365 days, 47 of them were haikus. Obviously, I’m hooked!

After some thinking about it, I decided to create this challenge for my audience. Every Tuesday I will post a new challenge. In it, I will provide an inspiring image as your prompt. Your job will be to provide a standard three line, 5/7/5 syllable count in your piece. The deadline for each submission will be on the Saturday of that week. You can submit up to three pieces if you have other interpretations of what you see. There will be an entry form on each weekly challenge post for you to submit your piece(s). But please, also on your piece(s), go ahead and link to my “IWH Haiku Challenge #” at the bottom in case any of your readers would like to participate. Should there be a photo credit, please make sure to add the credit to the image you post on your page.

Once I’ve received all submissions, I’ll do a recap in a post on the following Tuesday for the audience to enjoy.  You’ll also see a new image challenge should you decide to participate.

Looking forward to all your submissions!