Call for Poems/Haiku Roadsigns

Here’s an interesting project.

Axle Contemporary is pleased to announce a call for entries for:
The Haiku Roadsign Project

We are seeking submissions of three-line haiku poems by writers based in New Mexico. During the summer of 2011 we will install 2 haiku per week (one on each side) on our new portable roadside sign. We will move the sign to different locations throughout Santa Fe during the four-month duration of the project. Drivers, bike riders, and pedestrians will enjoy poetry in consistently unexpected places. Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate, Joan Logghe, will jury the entries. We’ll take professional photos of each poem on the sign and at the end we’ll publish a beautiful book of the poems, photos, and an essay about the project. We’ll also put the photos and poems up on a special bloglike section of our website. We’ll encourage interactivity both in our local community and in our world wide virtual community.

It is free to submit your haiku. However like all haiku there are constraints. Originally the Japanese used 17 sound units divided into three parts. Ours is somewhat different. Due to the size of the letters fitting across the sign, we find that on average we can accommodate 23 characters per line, including spaces. Many wide letters like ‘W’ and ‘M’ will reduce this number. Thin letters like ‘I’ will increase it. Other than that, as with traditional haiku, 3 lines only, please. Feel free to contact us by e-mail for specific details.

Please send up to three entries to: haiku[at]axleart[dot]com. Deadline for submissions is May 15th, 2011. New Mexico writers only. Please include: mailing address, e-mail, name, age (if under 18), and the haiku. Online submission only please.

Notification is by June 1st. Project Begins in early June. The book will be available after October. Submission is open to all New Mexico writers, large and small, old and young, renown and unknown. Accepted poets will receive a copy of the book.