Yoko Ono To Judge Twitter Poetry Contest

Micro-blogging phenomena Twitter is to host the first ever real-time haiku poetry competition, with judges Yoko Ono and British poet Jackie Kay deciding the best verses from various entries posted live on the digital billboard at London’s King’s Cross Station.

The competition, which started on Monday 18th May and will run until Friday 22nd May, invites commuters to tweet their three line haiku-style verses to Twitter, prefixing with @kingsplace for it to be picked up by the Kings Palace Twitter account.

The initiative has been introduced by Kings Place, a cultural and conference centre, with all the entries will be collected by Kings Place Twitter account.

Judges will select three haikus at the close of the competition, with winners receiving free entry for two to the "Words on Monday" weekly poetry event at Kings Place for the rest of the year.

Commenting upon this innovative form of competition, Jackie Kay said in a statement, “I liked the idea of doing something that combined an old form with a very new form. People could do a haiku on the way to work and it’s a good way to exercise the brain”.