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Do you haiku? Get creative and have fun – 17 syllables at a time



Many of you may recall a rather non-traditional, yet wildly popular haiku from Jonathan Schwartz, former CEO of Sun Microsystems, who tweeted his resignation earlier this year.

Brilliant! So, on his coattails and in celebration of National Poetry Month, Marketwire is holding a haiku contest of its own for aspiring poets and social media enthusiasts alike.

The challenge:  Create a haiku that speaks to one or both categories:

  1. SM10X30, Marketwire’s social media fitness program
    For inspiration, visit the SM10X30 microsite and read about the program; more than 3,500 people have registered since January.  (PS – if you haven’t registered, the time is now!)
  2. Social Media
    Compose a haiku about anything relative to social media. From Twitter to tags, and wikis to widgets, it’s wide open.

DEADLINE: Friday, April 30, 2010

What is a haiku? In their traditional form, haikus are short Japanese poems that consist of 17 syllables in three metered phrases of 5, 7 and 5, respectively. While most haiku often speak to nature or the seasons, any topic can be discussed.  For example, Jonathan Schwartz’ haiku was:

Financial crisis (5 syllables)
Stalled too many customers (7 syllables)
CEO no more (5 syllables)

And, to put things into perspective, here’s another example specific to the SM 10X30 program:

Basic rules I learn
Twitter, Facebook, mastery
Strength in social space

Prizes per category:

SM10X30
Use hashtag #sm10X30 on Twitter and include @marketwire

  • Grand prize*
    • One (1) free Marketwire Social Media 2.0 release
    • $50 Amazon gift card (valid for the Canadian and U.S. stores; £25 Amazon cards for UK winners)
    • SM10X30 T-shirt and titanium water bottle
    • Paul Gillin’s book, The New Influencers: A Marketer’s Guide to the New Social Media
    • Haiku posted on the Marketwire blog, Twitter and Facebook
  • Runner-up
    • $50 Amazon gift card (valid for the Canadian and U.S. stores; £25 Amazon cards for UK winners)
    • SM10X30 T-shirt and titanium water bottle
    • Paul Gillin’s book, The New Influencers: A Marketer’s Guide to the New Social Media
    • Haiku posted on the Marketwire blog, Twitter and Facebook
  • Selected Finalists
    • Haiku chosen at random will be posted on the Marketwire blog, Twitter and Facebook

Social Media
Use #socialmedia on Twitter and include @marketwire

  • Grand prize
    • $50 Amazon gift card (valid for the Canadian and U.S. stores; £25 Amazon cards for UK winners)
    • SM10X30 T-shirt and titanium water bottle
    • Paul Gillin’s book, The New Influencers: A Marketer’s Guide to the New Social Media
    • Haiku posted on the Marketwire blog, Twitter and Facebook
  • Runners-up (2)
    • SM10X30 T-shirt and titanium water bottle
    • Paul Gillin’s The New Influencers: A Marketer’s Guide to the New Social Media
    • The selected haiku posted on the Marketwire blog, Twitter and Facebook
  • Selected finalists
    • Haiku chosen at random will be posted on the Marketwire blog, Twitter and Facebook

How to enter:

Contest dates:  Thursday, April 15, 2010 (1 pm EST) through Friday, April 30, 2010 (12 am EST)
Cost to enter:   There is no cost to enter this contest and no purchase is necessary. You may submit multiple entries to both categories.
4 ways to enter:

  1. Email Nick Shin at nshin[at]marketwire.com
  2. Tweet Nick @marketwire on Twitter
  3. Click through on our Marketwire Facebook page
  4. Comment on Marketwire’s “Do you haiku?” blog post

Notification:

The winning entries will be announced by Marketwire during the week of May 17, 2010. Following the announcement, individual winners will be notified via tweet or email only. Winners will have seven days from notification to claim their prize. If you are a winner, send Nick an email from an account that can corroborate your identity. Unclaimed prizes will not be awarded.

Contest Rules:

Need more details? The “fine print” is available here.

Questions?

Contact Nick Shin via:

  • Email: nshin[at]marketwire.com
  • Twitter: @marketwire
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/Marketwire
  • Marketwire Blog: Comment on the “Do you haiku?” blog post

Good luck, everyone!


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  • MikeHoward

    I just love the idea, so I have been tweeting you guys up. Glad to see you guys are embracing social media for all its glory!

    Social is not new
    the media is flowing
    the power is yours

    -by @GizaMike

  • MikeHoward

    I just love the idea, so I have been tweeting you guys up. Glad to see you guys are embracing social media for all its glory!

    Social is not new
    the media is flowing
    the power is yours

    -by @GizaMike

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  • AllanSchoenberg

    Great idea for the Haiku contest:

    One forty only
    That is all you are allowed
    Share, ask, and respond. Twitter

    @allanschoenberg

  • http://ghentfever.blogspot.com/ Kathy Troidle Jackson

    White Dog barks out loud
    with peeps who love animals
    best use of tweets yet

    @KathyTroidle and @cocowinedog

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