People have been asking about this so here goes…
The rules for the actual haiku: 3 lines consisting of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables
How the EVENT goes is that two (or three if needed) poets step up on stage. One at a time, determined by the host, perform one haiku. The five judges vote on whcih haiku they liked the best. Then they do it again. First person to get two ‘wins’, wins the round and moves on. The other(s) are eliminated. Last haiku warrior standing wins.
Now, since this our forst time, there are many factors that we are new to… so we reserve the right to change things as we go. 🙂
For example, if there are not enough haiku warriors signed up to make a full show (You never know), it may go to double-elimnation (you need to lose two rounds to be eliminated). We may also make the final round more than best of 3.
If you want to compete, just make sure you bring all your haiku with you, because you may need a bunch of them! 🙂