Enter Weelunk’s Haiku Contest

Try your hand at writing a haiku inspired by Wheeling’s waterfront, and one winner will join West Virginia’s poet laureate, Marc Harshman, for lunch!

A haiku is a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three phrases of five, seven and five syllables, traditionally evoking images of a natural world.

The theme of Weelunk’s haiku contest is Wheeling’s waterfront. Think about your memories of the waterfront, perhaps your vision for its future or just what it means to you.

Here’s an example:

The river runs by,

I watch, I muse, I wonder,

Where will it stop next?

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Email your haiku to weelunk@weelunk.com by midnight, May 18. Please put the word HAIKU in your subject line.


  • Haiku must be original and never before published.
  • Haiku must be related to theme.
  • Haiku must follow the traditional 17-syllable, 5-7-5 form.
  • Limit of 5 entries per poet. You may send all entries in one email.
  • Be sure to include your name.
  • Contest is open to all ages.
  • Please put the word HAIKU in subject line.
  • Decisions of judges are final.

Stay tuned for winning entries, which will be published in June. Lunch with Harshman will be scheduled at a time convenient for first-place winner and the poet laureate.

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