Send us your love, in verse: Valentines Day Holiday Haiku Contest gets underway is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

Port City Daily staff Haiku.
Port City Daily staff Haiku.

WILMINGTON — Poetry is one of the oldest forms of expressing love. So, this Valentine’s Day, pull out that pen and paper and release your inner poet!

Ahead of that special day of love, Port City Daily is hosting its annual Holiday Haiku Contest; this time on Valentines Day. You may recall our past Haiku contests over the December holiday season. We’re switching things up this year, but we’re still offering a great prize for the top poems, a spending spree on our “Save30 Store.”

What better way is there to celebrate the day of love than to conjure up some poetic verses for special someone? Whether you’re writing to a friend, a loved one, significant other or the world, we want to share your Haiku with our readers.

Seventeen syllables only, please.

A haiku, as you may recall from elementary school creative writing days, is a simple format: 17 syllables, set up on three lines with five, seven and five syllables, per line, respectively. We know how busy you are, so we figured 17 syllables was a reasonable request. And we’ve provided our own Valentine’s Day haiku as an example:

I prefer marriage

To swiping through profile pics

Tinder scares me bad

~ Port City Daily staff

Team members at Port City Daily, 98.3 FM The Penguin and 93.7/106.3 FM The Dude will vote on their top five favorite haiku entries before letting you determine this year’s ultimate winner. Follow Port City Daily on Facebook and be ready show some love for your favorite Haiku.

Entries can be submitted until noontime Friday, Feb. 10. Local Voice Media staff will choose the top 5 and Port City Daily will begin its “Like” contest on Facebook for the top two Haiku entries beginning Saturday, Feb. 11 until close of business Monday, Feb. 13. The contest winners will be announced on Valentine’s Day at about 10 a.m., Feb. 14.

First prize will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Save30 Store and the second prize winner will receive a $50 gift certificate. The Save30 Store is Local Voice Media’s partnership program with local businesses that offers full-value, no-restriction gift certificates at 30 percent off.

Now, get writing! 

To submit Valentine’s Day Haiku entries email them to Please include your name and area of residence in the email. Multiple entries will be accepted. Be sure to check out our contest rules when entering your submissions to see if you are eligible for our prizes.