Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines

Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines

The Community that has grown since the first day of this Challenge has amazed me. I have failed to keep track of every person to pass this way, I could and probably will go back at some point and find out, but at the time of my updating this page we have over 30 poets averaging submissions each week. We also have new poets join almost every week.

The people that write keep telling others and inspire others to join. I  have done nothing but come up with two words each week and a picture to post with their poem as a badge. I thank each one who has blessed me with the honor of taking time to write a Haiku here.~Much Appreciation and Great Respect, Ronovan

There is a lot of information on this page. I am a step by step person and former teacher and corporate trainer, so I like to give detail. Don’t let the detail get in the way of you trying Haiku. It is a great creative outlet.

If things are not clear once you finish reading the guidelines let me know and I will explain better. Please don’t hesitate as anything that may not be clear to you may not be clear to others.


1) To inspire creativity.

2) To have fun and enjoy Haiku.

3) To share with each other.

4) To create a community.

Tools and Sites to Help.


For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.


For finding out how many syllables each word has. You would be surprised.

I use Haiku in English

You can use whatever style of Haiku you like.

How it Works.

The Prompt Publishes: 08:00 Monday Eastern or New York time. If you are like me about time zones around the world click here for a time zone map that shows the time right now of places on a world map and you can find out what time it is in New York right now. I use the site a lot, for more things than Haiku.

How Long Do You Have and Deadline: You have all week to complete the Challenge with the deadline as Noon Eastern or New York time on Sunday. You can always use the Challenges as prompts when you need something to write. I’ve even had some new people go back and do them all to catch up to the current one.

The First One to create a Haiku and Post and then either create a ping back or post a link to their Haiku Post in the comments of the current weeks Challenge Post will be Reblogged to my blog. Click here for an article about how to do a ping back or I explain later under the rules as well. You may even click here to see how to do a ping back with images included of the process.

The rules are simple.

  • Take the two words and write a Haiku. I use Haiku in English as my style, but you can use the style you like. Click here for How to write Haiku in English.
  • The two words can be used as you like. Words have different definitions and you can use the definitions you like. You can even use synonyms for the words.
  • To do a Ping Back: Copy the URL for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. That’s it. The simplest way. Most who do a Ping Back do something like typing the words “This is for Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge” then they will highlight it and place the link within those words. Click here to see how to do that and see it with images of each step.   I am not encouraging anyone to do a ping back or include my name in their post. That is simply an example. This is just permission to do so. This is a prompt and challenge to encourage people to try Haiku and give some a prompt and a place to share in comments so we can find each other.
  • You may also place a copy of your URL of your Haiku Post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.
  • People from the challenge may visit you and comment or click like. I also need at least a Ping Back or a link in the comments section in order to know you participated and include you in the Weekly Review that comes out on Monday.
  • You may copy the image I have created to go with the week’s Challenge Post and place it on your site if you wish. I am not saying you need to, but if you would like to do so then go ahead. It is simply my way of saying thank you for participating. Most put it in the post itself and not on the actual side bars of the site. Some people even put the Ping Back in the image.
  • I currently take each entry and do a Weekly Review. Click here to see a Review. I take the URL of each entry post and paste them into the review along with a Twitter Handle if you have one. I even link the Twitter Handle. The Review has New Participants first, then the First to Post for the Week, then the entries in order they submitted.

For the most recent challenge just click here and you will go to the Challenge page that includes all recent posts. Make certain to click on the current challenge post to get the correct URL.

This would be the WRONG URL: https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/category/haiku-prompt-challenge/

A Correct URL would look something like this: https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-36-fieldbeacon/

Notice how the correct one has a challenge number and words following it and also includes a date? That lets you know you have a post URL and not a Category PAGE URL. I will not get a Ping Back from a  Category PAGE URL which is what the page is where you may see all of the most recent Challenge Posts and Weekly Review Posts.

After you do a couple of these challenges, it becomes so easy you won’t even think about what you are doing.

Are you interested in having your Haiku entry appear in our FREE eBook Project? Click HERE to find out more.

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242 thoughts on “Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines

  1. […] Almost every week, we have been reblogging author Ronovan Hester‘s Haiku Challenge featured on his blog, Ronovan Writes.  The Haiku Challenge is a prompt using two words, usually a noun and an adjective, to inspire the creation of a haiku.  The Challenge is posted every Monday morning at 8:00 EST.  To participate, simply reblog the challenge with your haiku response. Click here for more information. […]


  2. […] Ronovan’s haiku words this week are ‘style & fresh’ and the photo word  of the week is ‘vintage’.  Anyone can join in anytime; lots of great folks take part in these challenges–give the links a click and see what others did with this weeks words. […]


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