All A-Twitter Haiku Contest

It’s National Poetry Month, and we’re celebrating with our “All A-Twitter Haiku Contest!” So, take your theoretical quills in hand, and start writing for a chance to win a $100 ModCloth gift certificate!

Before dust kicks up in the wake of your run to write, you’ll need a few details. Beginning April 14 at 12 p.m., you’ll have 48 hours to craft the most creative haiku possible under the title of “Spring Haiku.” Then, follow us on Twitter (if you don’t already), and tweet your haiku at us (@modcloth) using the hashtag #MCHaiku.

The contest ends at 12 p.m. on April 16, and we’ll announce winners here on our ModLife blog and via our Twitter stream on April 23! The winner will receive a $100 ModCloth gift card, and a Rabbits of the Divine Wind Journal for recording all their other prized thoughts.Β  Only one entry per person, please!

“But wait, what’s a haiku?” you might be wondering. Well, a haiku is a three line poem with a specific structure. The first line must have 5 syllables, the second must have 7, and the last also has 5 – easy peasy! With these 17 syllables, haikus not only pack in strong imagery, words powerful enough to spread vibrant sunsets across the landscapes of one’s mind, but also maintain a nature-centric focus, which is exactly why we supplied the title “Spring Haiku” for this contest’s entries. Unlike many poems, haikus do not, gasp, rhyme, so dig into your varied vocab, and come up with some versatile verse!

Here’s an example, written by Maggie, ModCloth’s Campaign Manager:

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  1. Natasha (ModCloth) 04/14/2010 at 11:51 am #

    I can’t wait to read all the creative tweets! Happy Poetry Month! πŸ™‚

  2. Mercii 04/14/2010 at 12:07 pm #

    But my account is private! How can you see my tweet? πŸ™

  3. Tori 04/14/2010 at 12:15 pm #

    can we do more than one entry – like more than one haiku?

  4. Tori 04/14/2010 at 12:18 pm #

    Oh never mind I see that it says only one entry per person – sorry, just got so excited.

  5. ModCloth 04/14/2010 at 2:26 pm #

    @Mercii Ò€” Shoot us an email at, and we’ll figure out a solution!

  6. Ti 04/14/2010 at 3:16 pm #

    ohh… like Tori I got carried away… I send a first one, but then I had another in my mind and wanted to send it: I can’t ’cause I can only have one entry… πŸ™

  7. Carol 04/14/2010 at 3:29 pm #

    I’ll need some time to come up with a good one! Looking forward to reading all the entries.

  8. Bsom 04/14/2010 at 6:36 pm #

    Wait, even if your account is private, it should show up for Modcloth b/c of the @modcloth tag. Am I right?

  9. FireMom 04/14/2010 at 6:44 pm #

    If it wasn’t for these allergies, I’d be more excited about this fun little contest. πŸ˜‰

  10. emilymargrit 04/14/2010 at 7:04 pm #

    I think if you’re following ModCloth they will be able to read all your tweets. And since you have to be following ModCloth to win this contest, bada boom, problem solved.

  11. Cate 04/14/2010 at 8:46 pm #

    I made my email account private on Twitter, but would you need it to contact me?

  12. megan 04/14/2010 at 9:44 pm #

    O H !!! i am so excited!!!

    2 am ideas /
    swimming through my cluttered mind /
    please help me tonight

  13. Bsom 04/14/2010 at 10:08 pm #

    Turns out, only people following you can see your tweets, if you set it to private.

  14. Liz 04/15/2010 at 12:06 am #

    oww.. so cute
    im in πŸ˜€

  15. Eibhlin 04/15/2010 at 2:37 am #

    Ummm…I’m new to twitter, I don’t understand where I go to post my Haiku.

  16. Sophie 04/15/2010 at 4:26 am #

    Does it have to be a haiku cause im not really good at them πŸ™

  17. Eliza 04/15/2010 at 9:08 am #

    I have been reading some of the Haikus πŸ™‚ They are all so creative!

  18. Barky 04/15/2010 at 9:34 am #

    i dont understand twitter. i just dont get it. but im great at writing Haikus!

  19. ModCloth 04/15/2010 at 10:22 am #

    Email us at, and we’ll figure out a way to make this work for you πŸ™‚

    @Eibhlin @Barky Ò€”
    When you sign into Twitter, type your haiku along with “@modcloth #MCHaiku” into the “What’s Happening?” box at the center top of your homepage! Voila!

  20. carrie 04/15/2010 at 6:42 pm #

    i’ve having the same problem as cate and mercii. i emailed but haven’t gotten a reply. i really want to enter, what should i do?

  21. MAChick 04/15/2010 at 6:44 pm #

    Ok, I “Twitted” mine. . . I think. . . . I don’t know how.

  22. Dee 04/15/2010 at 9:18 pm #

    my twitter is private, but I un-privatized it for the last ModCloth twitter contest, then re-privatized it when the winners were announced (sadly, I didn’t win). I plan on doing the same if I can come up with a good haiku :P. for those of you wondering about your private accounts, I suggest doing what I do. you don’t lose privacy for very long, and you can still win!

  23. Liz 04/17/2010 at 1:13 am #

    I signed up for twitter just to enter my haiku. also find twitter confusing. i followed the instructions to type my entry into the whats happening box along with @modcloth and #MCHaiku. Did you get it? I wonder.

  24. courtney 04/17/2010 at 2:18 am #

    I thought the haiku contest ended at 12am! I worked so hard on my haiku to get it perfect πŸ™ Here it is incase you want to let my enter even though its late… @modcloth Dazzling smile, so new/
    Infectious laughter, just like/
    Spring rain, sudden bliss #MCHaiku.

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