Enter Trailspace's Backcountry Gear Haiku Contest
Do your skis, trail runners, or trekking poles ever move you to poetry? Well, brush off your thesaurus. We're giving away $500 in gift certificates thanks to Backcountry.com in our Backcountry Gear Haiku Contest.
Write a great haiku about your hardshell in April (it's National Poetry Month) and you could be buying yourself a new sleeping bag at Backcountry.com in May.
It's simple to enter. Just write a haiku (that's a three-line poem with 5-7-5 syllables each) about outdoor gear. Submit it in a new thread in our contest forum. You could win a $300, $150, or $50 gift certificate to Backcountry, plus Trailspace swag.
All community members can vote on their favorites (via "Yes," next to "Was this helpful?"). The top 10 haiku will then be voted on by a field of outdoor judges to determine the final three winners at the end of the month.
Now though Wednesday, April 25, write and submit your best backcountry gear haiku in our contest forum. You can enter more than once, though only your top rated haiku is eligible to be a finalist.
Haven't written a haiku since grade school? It's easy. A haiku has three lines: the first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, the third line has 5 syllables (5-7-5). Your haiku must be about backcountry gear, but it can be as creative, funny, or serious as you like.
Now though Thursday, April 26, vote for your favorite haiku by giving a thumbs-up to any and all haiku you like in the Gear Haiku Contest forum. The 10 haiku with the most "Yes" votes will be the finalists.
A panel of outdoor judges — including Bob Abbey, director of the Bureau of Land Management; Trail Runner editor Michael Benge, Backpacker senior editor Shannon Davis, National Geographic online editor Mary Anne Potts, Rocky Thompson from Backcountry's The Goat, Gear Junkie's Stephen Regenold, and our own editor Alicia MacLeay — will vote for their favorites.
We'll announce the top three winners at the end of the month.
The First Place outdoor poet wins a $300 gift certificate to Backcountry.com; Second Place wins a $150 gift certificate; Third Place wins a $50 gift certificate. Thanks, Backcountry!
Plus, all three poets win a Trailspace goodie pack with an Ibex Zepher Skull Cap with Trailspace logo, a Trailspace Trail Runner Cap, stickers, and an array of energy bars from Clif, ProBar, and Olympia Granola.
- Any Trailspace member, with the exception of Trailspace employees and their immediate family members, may enter the Backcountry Gear Haiku Contest.
- Each person may enter as many haiku as they like, but only the top-rated haiku of any one individual is permitted to enter the finalist round.
- Each haiku must adhere to the contest’s Backcountry Gear Haiku theme.
- A haiku is a three-line poem, with 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, and 5 syllables in the third (and last) line. Want to read more about haiku? See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiku
- Haiku must be submitted by the original author (you). Do not submit a haiku written by anyone but yourself.
- You must be the sole owner of the haiku’s copyright. This is the case if you are the sole author. Haiku may not infringe any other person's or entity's rights, including, without limitation, contractual rights, rights of publicity and privacy, trademark, copyright, and patent rights.
- Haiku must adhere to Trailspace's Community Rules and Guidelines and Terms of Service.
- Haiku submitted must be appropriate for Trailspace's family-friendly audience. Haiku may not contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. Trailspace retains sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content.
- By entering the contest, authors agree to have their haiku featured on Trailspace.com and partner sites without any fee or other form of compensation. Trailspace may publish submitted haiku on its website or use them to publicize the contest.
- No purchase or payment is necessary to enter or win.
- In the case of a tie, the winning haiku will be selected by a runoff vote.