Here’s an opportunity to try something completely different: Michael Douma, president at www.idea.org, is hosting a haiku contest to generate poems for use in OtherWorldly, an online puzzle game due out later this year and to be made available on major platforms. Here are the details:
OtherWordly Intergalactic Haiku Competition
Prime your space torpedoes and fuel your rockets for a Haiku competition that is out of this world. Winning haiku will be read by hundreds of thousands of players during pauses in a word game app.
INVITING poets of every species to submit space-themed haiku. You can write about anything galactic, from the serenity of deep space, to the fury of meteors, to the icy chill of a comet.
PUBLICATION will be in OtherWordly, an educational puzzle game that seeks to expand the active vocabulary of players ages 12+. The game pairs the mental challenge of a crossword puzzle (figuring out words from clues and some letters), with the dynamism of an immersive match-3 game, all with a fun outer-space motif. You can see gameplay here.
Accepted haiku will appear similar to this screen. Up to fifty haiku will be published.
JUDGING will be conducted by a panel of published haiku poets (David Oates and Nicholas Sola). A 5-7-5 format is not required.
SUBMISSIONS will be accepted through April 30, 2019. There are no limits on the number of submissions.
AWARDS of $150, $100, and $50 will be presented to the top three submissions (maximum of one cash award per poet).
ATTRIBUTION will be displayed within the credits of the app (along with other artists, musicians, programmers, and game designers).
For more information about the contest and to submit haiku, please visit our site.
This game is the culmination of a multiyear effort. Our team’s apps have previously been featured by Apple in the App Store, and we anticipate that this game will also be featured by Apple. The game will be free-to-download, and we therefore anticipate a large player base.