Philadelphia Haiku – larry robin

Tell us what you think about when you think about Philadelphia. The places, the people, the history, what does Philadelphia mean to you? How much can you say in a three line haiku? Philadelphia Haiku will collect the best haiku inspired by our city. Written by poets of all ages and from across the country, this collection seeks to express the essence of living and working in the City of Brotherly Love, The City that Loves You Back, potholes, construction, corruption and all. Submit your Haiku to _____________________

Moonstone (Arts Center and Press), a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1981 with the motto, “Education Through the Arts from the Cradle to the Grave. The Center presents about 80 poetry programs a year and the Press publishes anthologies and chapbooks by individual poets.


The Nick Virgilio Haiku Association was founded in 1989 to promote the writing of haiku poetry, to provide encourage-ment and support to young people to write poetry, and to further the work and poetry of Camden haiku poet Nick Virgilio. Nick Virgilio (1928 – 1989) was an internationally recognized haiku poet who is credited with helping to popularize the Japanese style of poetry in the United States.

Traditional haiku consist of 17 on (also known as morae though often loosely translated as "syllables"), in three phrases of 5, 7, and 5 on. In Japanese, haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line while haiku in English often appear in three lines to parallel the three phrases of Japanese haiku. A haiku in English is a very short poem in the English language, following to a greater or lesser extent the form and style of the Japanese haiku. 



  “New Voices: Philadelphia’s Emerging Poets”, will focus on hosting readings and publishing the work of poets under age 25. Students are invited to submit three poems which will be judged in the following three age divisions: 8 to 13, 14 to 17, and 18 to 25.

All poems chosen, regardless of age group, will be published in the New Voices Anthology and poets will be invited to participate in the monthly New Voices Reading Series. Each event will feature 3-4 poets and will be followed by an open reading. We hope to bring together young poets from various locations to hear each other and expand their experiences.

Poems should not exceed 1 page in length (maximum 30 lines, 4 ¼ wide, about 1750 characters). 

Submissions to the anthology are open until October 31, 2018. 

The release party and reading will take place on Sunday November 18, 2018. We will give a copy of the anthology to every contributor. 

The reading series will be held on the third Monday of each month at 6pm at the South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S. Broad Street (at the Broad and Morris subway stop).

While Moonstone is especially interested in publishing poets from the Philadelphia area, we embrace the entire poetry community regardless of the poet’s home address.

Please submit about twenty-five pages of material.  

Individual poems may have been previously published, but the work as a whole must be new. 

If applicable, please include with your manuscript an acknowledgements page referencing prior publications. 

Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted so long as you promptly notify Moonstone Press if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere. 


Mail your manuscript along with a $15 reading fee to:

Moonstone Arts Center

110A S. 13th Street

Philadelphia PA 19107. 

Please note that this fee is nonrefundable. 

  • Winner will receive a $300 cash prize, publication, and 25 free copies of the book*, promotion on our website and a group reading at one of our venues in Philadelphia in January 31, 2019.
  • Submissions accepted from August 1st to October 31st, 2018.

 Please submit about twenty-five pages of material - Individual poems may have been previously published, but the work as a whole must be new. Simultaneous submissions to other contests are permitted so long as you promptly notify Moonstone Press if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
A $15.00, nonrefundable reading fee is required for us to accept and review your work. Please pay using the payment forum below.

Include only one poem per page - If a poem continues to a second page, indicate whether or not there is a stanza break. Thirty-five lines equal one page. Divider pages or section titles should be included in the total page count. When determining total line length for each poem, include spaces between stanzas (example: a poem of 5 couplets would equal 14 lines). Numbers or section breaks should also be included as lines when calculating total line length. Count an epigraph as three extra lines. A line that has more than 60 characters (including spaces and punctuation) should be counted as two lines of your total line count. If lines are staggered like a Ferlinghetti poem, estimate the width of the line and remember that the final chapbook will be printed in 12 point Times New Roman font on pages that are 5 1/2 inches wide.
Include the following separately - The cover page should include the manuscript title and all contact information (mailing address, email address, home phone, and cell phone if available). a biography, table of contents, dedication, acknowledgments for any previous publications, and an inside title page (with no name). These pages should not be included in the manuscript's total page count.
Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript.
Submit manuscript & other information via the submittable website: poetry-contest
The reading of the winner and runners up will be on Wednesday January 13 at Fergie’s Pub @ 1214 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA.
Submission deadline is October 31, 2018 -Winners will be announced the end of December.
If you have a problem contact Larry Robin @ or 215-735-9600

Moonstone Arts Center