The Haiku World Cup is coming…

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Hi everyone – I have recently been asked to be part of the editorial team on the Haiku World Cup (also including Matthew Devereaux, Alan Summers, Adriana Piccardo and many others – have look at the team here). What is the Haiku World Cup, you may ask. Read on to find out (this is largely cribbed from Haiku Bob’s excellent post over at The Footy Almanac – thanks Rob!). Happy writing!

In less than a day, South Africa plays host to The Greatest Show on Earth when the soccer World Cup kicks off in Johannesburg.  To celebrate, a panel of experts (actually, a bunch of boffins) has been assembled from around the globe to create the first Football Haiku World Cup. And you are all invited to take part. This is a world-wide invitation to write haiku inspired by ‘the beautiful game’. It is a festival of language as much as a festival of football and this is your chance to have your own words go down in the annals of World Cup History.

So while the Socceroos are playing at high altitude and the bleery-eyed faithful among you are high on caffeine to get you through the late, cold, deep-winter telecast, take advantage of your levitated state and pen a poem or two. Get something down and send it in. It might be about Cahill’s tatts, Harry’s groin or Bresciano’s nude nut. It doesn’t matter. Get it down. It can be about past heroes and World Cups. Not necessarily this one. Write about the penalty that sent us crashing out of the last World Cup. Anything at all. It can be in any language (but a translation would be helpful) as long as its about soccer.

An eBook containing all the haiku sent in from around the world will be produced and distributed to commemorate the occasion, and we are in discussions with designers to get a printed version made as well. It’s very exciting to be a part of it. Again, anyone and everyone is invited to send in haiku – pros and novices alike. Please pass this message on, repost it and basically tell as many people as you can about it. Let’s make this a world cup to remember, haiku style.

For full details on how to enter, go to our website Haiku World Cup where you can find heaps of info on how to write haiku and the project itself. And if writing haiku or poetry isn’t really your thing, find out and how to become a patron or supporter of the project. Look for us on Facebook too.

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