Welcome, mortals, to your next event. The challenges set to you thus far will test your resilience, speed and coordination; but these feats alone are not the only way to win the favour of a god. This new contest will set a high bar, and overcoming it will require not only a swift approach, but a precise one. Look before you leap, people of the Collective, for even the slightest mistake could cost you victory.
For this contest, we'll be asking you to write a haiku on a specific theme. Haiku are a type of short poem originating in Japan, which have only three lines, but can have any number of words. Each line must contain a set number of syllables; the first line having five syllables, the second line seven and the third five. Let's look at an example;
(5) The sky is so blue
(7) The sun is so warm up high
(5) I love the summer
Points will be awarded for both the quality of your haiku overall, how well it fits the theme and whether you've adhered to the 5-7-5 syllable structure - so make sure you're counting!
As Hades is the God of the Dead, let's keep the contest appropriate and have you write your haikus on the theme of Death. Remember, how you interpret that theme is entirely up to you; you might examine it in the literal sense, or focus on the 'death' of a particular stage of life, or even the temporary death that comes to the world during the winter months - ultimately, the choice is yours. What I would like you to do is include a couple of lines along with your entry, just highlighting what aspect of the theme you chose to look at. Quick and easy, right?
- One haiku per contestant, please
- All entries must be in by 18 July. You can edit your entries up until then
- Your additional lines are separate from your haiku and won't influence word count, structure, etc.
As with all of our Olympic events, every competitor will net themselves an Olympian title until mid-September - except for our top three, who earn an exclusive Gold, Silver or Bronze Medalist title depending on where they place. There's also a chance of further glory if you manage to impress the Gods of Olympus, so make sure to put your best foot forward.