CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED
At last, it's February - that time of year when everyone is seemingly crazy in love. Or are they? Are you alive with the glory of love? Well if you like piña coladas, if you like dancing cheek to cheek, if you would do anything for love, or even if you think you're bad at love or think that love stinks - enter our Bad Love Haiku Contest!
We want to read haikus that are so saccharine we get cavities and so cheesy that we feel like we have moved to Wisconsin. This is going to be the best literary contest yet, hands down! So let's play the game of love and get writing!
Participants are allowed up to a maximum of three entries - please enter each separately. You must be a current member of the University at Albany Community (faculty/staff/student) to be eligible to win.
Last day to submit a haiku for consideration will be February 23 by 11:59 pm. A winner and runner-up will be chosen by February 28.
Winner will be crowned "Bad Love Haiku Laureate" and receive a book of poetry, candy, and a packed University Libraries Swag Bag. The runner-up will receive a University Libraries travel mug and tote bag.
Questions? Reach out to our Outreach & Marketing Librarian, Amanda Lowe: email@example.com
First Place: Sophia Watts, undergraduate, Music & Anthropology
"My Love Makes Me Sick (Literally)"
I think I’ve fallen in love,
Like an angel you came from above.
Feelings so strong it makes me sick,
But not to worry for I am slick.
Loving you will be a breeze,
Like how the spring winds make me sneeze.
I feel a rush when you pass by,
Almost as if my fever’s high
(Wait, my fever IS high,
That’s not what I had in mind).
Listen I’m not feeling good right now,
I have to cut these words to prose.
But before I leave I must share to you,
That I’ve written you a lovely haiku:
Love is like the flu
*starts to feel queasy* oh no
Think I’m gonna *puke*
Second Place: Ellen Abbott, Staff Member, University Libraries
I love you more than Garfield loves lasagna
I love lasagna
I want to snuggle with you in layers like lasagna
Let’s go out and get some lasagna
If upon yourself you get some lasagna
I will ask you what’s on ya
And you will kindly respond lasagna
When I’m with you I feel warm like lasagna
I love you just the same as lasagna
But if I have to choose, I choose lasagna
Judge Favorite & Honorable Mention: Bernadette Socha, Staff Member, Music & Theatre
"An 'I Love You' Haiku"
How do I woo you?
Love you so much am cuckoo
Love you till death do ...
Our two prize winners -
First Place: Sarah Crosky, Graduate Student in Counseling Psychology
well, I dot my i's
and cross my t's but all I
c's are u's and me's
Second Place: Alizah Tariq, MPH Graduate Student, Epidemiology
Two peas in a pod
Circling like yin and yang
Uniting as one
We also have two honorable mentions that we would like to give kudos to!
Honorable Mentions -
Bri Nugent, Undergraduate Student, Art History/Judaic Studies
If I stopped breathing,
would you bring me back to life?
Wake me up inside
Ellen Abbott, Staff Member, University Libraries
Beautiful bright sun
How I love your warmth on me
I envy my cat