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11:59 pm August 1st, 2018
Submissions to the contest are now closed. Thank you all!
Finalists and winners will be selected by the week of August 20th, and contacted.

All submissions not included in the list of 10 winners and finalists will be considered for future publication in our haiku section, unless you email to withdraw your haiku.

At last count, we have 344 submissions to read, so chances of your haiku being included in the 10 finalists are approximately 3%.
Thank you to all the wonderful poets who have submitted!
We look forward to announcing and publishing the winners and finalists on September 1st.

Better Than Starbucks 2018 Haiku Contest
sponsored by John DeCesare and CraftekDesign

            First Prize $50
           Second Prize $30
           Third Prize $20


Submission deadline August 1st, 2018.


10 finalists, including 3 winners, will be announced and published September 1st, 2018.


All entries must be up to (no more than) 17 syllables and have no title. This contest is for both teikei (定型 fixed form) haiku, and jiyuritsu (自由律 free form) haiku. Effective use of kireji (切れ字 cutting word) is encouraged.


Submit up to 5 haiku to with Haiku Contest in the subject line of your email.

Please include your haiku in the body of your email, as we cannot always open attachments.

No entry fee and no simultaneous submissions please. Payment of prizes via Paypal only.


Judges are Better Than Starbucks editors.

This contest is not open to employees of Better Than Starbucks or of CraftekDesign (or their family members).


John DeCesare has licensed his designs as an independent inventor into the toy industry. His motto is "the product should speak for itself". He spends time next to his favorite tree, looking up at the stars, and believes that art is immediate, not deliberate. " Invention is not about solving a problem that doesnt exist, its about creating fun.  To this end, I dont believe in chasing technology" - John DeCesare

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