Do your skis, trail runners, or trekking poles ever move you to poetry? Well, brush off your thesaurus. Outdoor gear community Trailspace is giving away $500 in gift certificates thanks to Backcountry.com in its Backcountry Gear Haiku Contest.
Write a great haiku about your hardshell in April (it's National Poetry Month) and you could be buying yourself a new sleeping bag at Backcountry.com in May.
It's simple to enter. Just write a haiku (that's a three-line poem with 5-7-5 syllables each) about outdoor gear now through April 25. Submit it in Trailspace's Gear Haiku Contest forum. You could win a $300, $150, or $50 gift certificate to Backcountry, plus Trailspace swag.
Trailspace community members can vote on their favorites (join today). The top 10 haiku will be voted on by a field of outdoor judges â€” including Rocky Thompson from Backcountry's The Goat, Gear Junkie's Stephen Regenold, Trail Runner editor Michael Benge, and Trailspace editor Alicia MacLeay â€” to determine the final three winners at the end of the month.
Now though Wednesday, April 25, write and submit your best backcountry gear haiku in Trailspace's contest forum. You can enter more than once, though only your top rated haiku is eligible to be a finalist.
Haven't written a haiku since grade school? It's easy. A haiku has three lines: the first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, the third line has 5 syllables (5-7-5). Your haiku must be about backcountry gear, but it can be as creative, funny, or serious as you like.
Now though Wednesday, April 25, vote for your favorite haiku on Trailspace by clicking the â€œYesâ€ button under any and all haiku you like in the Gear Haiku Contest forum. The 10 haiku with the most "Yes" votes will be the finalists. The panel of outdoor judges will then vote for their favorites.
Trailspace will announce the top three winners at the end of the month.
The First Place outdoor poet wins a $300 gift certificate thanks to Backcountry.com; Second Place wins a $150 gift certificate; Third Place wins a $50 gift certificate.
Plus, all three poets win a Trailspace goodie pack with an Ibex Zepher Skull Cap with Trailspace logo, a Trailspace Trail Runner Cap, stickers, and an array of energy bars from Clif, ProBar, and Olympia Granola.
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