Columbia College Chicago

March 10, 2009

The 2nd Annual Library Haiku Contest

The 2nd Annual Library Haiku Contest celebrates Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 as part of The Big Read.

All current students are invited to submit up to three haiku exploring the themes relevant to Bradbury’s novel, including censorship, intellectual freedom, libraries, books, and reading.

A poetic form with its roots in Japanese culture, haiku combines form, content, and language in a meaningful, yet compact form. The most common form of haiku is three short lines, the first line containing 5 syllables, the second line 7 syllables, and the third line 5 syllables.

Please send all submissions via e-mail to by 9pm on Sunday, April 12th. The winning entry will be displayed in large print on the 3rd through 5th floor windows of the Library facing Michigan Avenue during Manifest Week and beyond.

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