The Embassy of Sweden in Japan would hereby like to invite you to a haiku/senryu competion with the following rules:

1/ The poems have to follow the 5-7-5 syllable pattern and can be either haiku or senryu. (A haiku needs a season word, or an expression that indicates what season the haiku is in, a so-called kigo. A senryu does not need that and is more about human relations.)

2/ They have to be in English.

3/ They have to be about Sweden in one way or another and relate to one of the following topics: a) a Swedish town or city, b) kindness, c) gender equality, d)  a Swedish phenomenon, e) a Swedish personality.

4/ Each participant can contribute with a maximum of five poems.

5/ The contributions have to reach the Embassy by Friday, 23 May 2014. The winner will be announced on this blog on Friday, 6 June, the Swedish national day.

6/ The winner will receive a round trip in economy class from Tokyo to Sweden. A selection of the best contributions in each category will be published on the Embassy homepage.

7/ The jury will consist of the Swedish diplomats stationed in Tokyo. The decisions of the jury will be final.

8/ Please submit your name and the way we can contact you with your contribution(s).

9/ Please send it to us by email, ordinary letter, twitter or any other way that is suitable.

For inspiration you can look at the recent haiku competion on New York in the New York Times.