What is a HAIKU DEATHMATCH?
Haiku is a short poetic form popularized by a Japanese poet named Matsuo Bashō. In the early 1670s, Bashō and his students devised an event called “the seashell game”: poets competed head-to-head with their original haiku and a winner was selected by a judge. In the early 1990’s—over 300 years later—a poet from the Illinois slam scene named Daniel Ferri created the Haiku Head-to-Head, infusing the Japanese practice with a slew of Western conventions ranging from the roast to the rap battle. The slam-style haiku, also known as “ku,” is just 17 syllables (or less) and contains no title. This virtual competition will begin with 8 poets, battling one-on-one until one “haikuster” is left standing.
- Each competitor will need approximately 20 haikus.
- Each competitor will need to have one red and one white object to serve as an identifier.
- Haikusters who win the best 3 out of 5 will advance to the next round.
- The semifinal round will be best 5 out of 7 and the final round will be best 7 out of 9.
- The rounds will go from 8-4-2.
For this virtual competition, visual judging will be used. There will be 3 preselected judges. Judges will indicate Haikuster Red or Haikuster White at the direction of the host.
The winner of finals will receive their prize of $200 and a Southern Fried t-shirt.
There is no registration fee, and the list will close at 8. After the 8 slots are filled, additional registrants will be placed on the waitlist. It’s first come, first served. This event is open to anyone, not just members of the Southern Fried community. We welcome you to join us!
Please be sure to read the official rules first!
Registration is full, but you can still register to be placed on the wait list!
Audience members can watch the event for free on our YouTube Channel.
- Billy Tuggle – Chicago, IL
- IQ – Geelong, Australia
- Girl Genius – Baltimore, MD
- Queen of Drafts – Atlanta, GA
- Lyrical Faith – NYC
- Cassandra IsFree – Norfolk, VA
- Alex Tha Great – Dallas, TX
- Jared Benjamin – Buffalo, NY
- Uncle E – Triangle VA
- Bluz – Charlotte, NC
- Mistafunn – Decatur, GA
- Poetryteacher – Dallas, TX