I am sharing this here as well … Just in case some, or any of you, are interested:
Writers: A Challenge
Haibun Form: How have you changed since the start of the pandemic?
Hello, beautiful people! It feels so good to be able to say that again — to be able to host another challenge in A Cornered Gurl, which will be one of many. What do I have up my sleeve? If you haven’t figured it out from the subtitle, we will share how we have changed/grown/lost or gained a sense of ourselves from the inception of the pandemic up to this very moment.
And how will we do this? In haibun form … That’s the challenge.
Haibun (俳文, literally, haikai writings) is a prosimetric literary form originating in Japan, combining prose and haiku. The range of haibun is broad and frequently includes autobiography, diary, essay, prose poem,short story and travel journal.
The challenge: Please share how you have changed, grown, lost, or gained a sense of yourself from the inception of the pandemic up to this very moment; however, do this using the haibun form. Talk about anything that has shaped, molded, and shifted your entire atmosphere, hurt you, and left you forever transformed from early 2020 until the moment you begin working on the content for this challenge.
I never would’ve guessed life would have been like this — different. But not just any kind of different; the kind of different that has no words to describe it. It’s indescribable. The pain is still palpable. The things I used to do, I no longer do. The things I never feared doing. I am afraid to do. The places I used to frequent. I have no idea if they’re still open or not. Life has been a whirlwind of terror and I am simply trying to hold on to what’s still remaining of my sanity. (PROSE)
pandemic life still (5)
scares me at my very core (7)
beauty has faded (5) (HAIKU, 5–7–5 syllable count)
Let’s get our thinking caps on, beautiful people!
•Request to be added as a writer by emailing me at acorneredgurl[AT]gmail[DOT]com with “Please Add Me” as the subject line and please include the link to your Medium profile. Don’t want to be a writer in A Cornered Gurl? Simply comment with your response in this challenge post, or create your own post to your profile or in another publication, however, please use the tags, “Challenge” and “Pandemic.”
The challenge will run from Friday, November 04, 2022, until 6:00 PM, Sunday, November 13, 2022 (with publishing days as Friday, Sunday, and Monday based on ACG’s publishing schedule). Please have “Pandemic Haibun Challenge” as the subtitle for your submission. CHALLENGE SUBMISSION BEGINS NOW!
Let’s explore what we can do with a tough subject and the use of brevity. Tell me how you’ve changed from the start of the pandemic until the moment you create the content for your submission.