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Dirty Words Twitter Haiku Contest

Illustration of dirty word: waste

5 words, 7 weekly finalists, 5 winners

Tweet a haiku based on one of TriMet's dirty words and you could win a 1-month Adult All-Zone TriMet pass.

May 3: This week's dirty word is congestion.

Contest description

TriMet uses Twitter to share news and services updates of interest to riders, as well as for events, contests and promotions. We are having a contest to solicit haiku based on the five dirty words we are working to eliminate from our civic vocabulary. Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry consisting of 17 syllables in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5 syllables respectively.

 

By 9 a.m. each Monday morning during the five-week contest, TriMet will tweet the dirty word of the week. Haiku submissions will be accepted by tweet, email, fax or in person as soon as our tweet is sent. The first fifty (50) entries that meet the contest criteria and are received by 9 a.m. the following day (Tuesday) will be entered into that week's contest.

 

TriMet will choose the top seven (7) haiku and announce the finalists via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. TriMet's Twitter followers will be invited to vote for their favorite. We will tweet the winning haiku on Friday afternoon and notify the winner. Each weekly winner will receive one (1) 1-month Adult All-Zone TriMet pass.

Official Dirty Words Twitter Haiku Contest Rules

The Dirty Words Twitter Haiku Contest is sponsored by the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon ("TriMet"), 4012 SE 17th Ave., Portland, OR 97202. The five-week contest will begin on Monday, April 5. The Contest is open only to residents of the United States and its territories, except for residents of New York, Florida or Rhode Island. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

Contest Description

TriMet uses Twitter to share news and services updates of interest to riders, as well as for events, contests and promotions. TriMet is conducting a contest to solicit haiku poems based on the five "dirty words" TriMet is working to eliminate from its civic vocabulary. Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry consisting of 17 syllables in three metrical phrases of 5, 7 and 5 respectively. Each Monday morning by 9 a.m. for five weeks beginning on April 5, 2010 and ending on May 3, 2010, TriMet will tweet on its Twitter site the dirty word of the week.

Haiku Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for prize consideration, haiku entries must:

  • Follow the structure of a haiku (17 syllables in a 5-7-5 format; use / or ~ to separate the lines), and
  • Have a transit-related environmental theme specific to the designated dirty word of the week, and
  • Be a transit-supportive message.

To enter

Haiku entries can be submitted via Twitter, fax, email, or by dropping off a printed copy to the address listed below. Entries submitted by mail will not be accepted. Submissions will be accepted after TriMet’s tweet announcing the dirty word of the week is posted. The first fifty (50) haiku entries received by 9 a.m. each Tuesday morning following the weekly publication of the dirty word will be entered into that week's contest. Please refer to the instructions below for information on how to submit your entry.

  • Twitter: Tweet your haiku to @trimet
  • Email: Email your haiku to contest@trimet.org with a subject heading: Dirty Words Haiku Contest
  • Fax: Fax your haiku to 503-962-5290 with a subject heading: Dirty Words Haiku Contest
  • Drop off: Leave a printed copy at TriMet, Attn: Dirty Words Haiku Contest, 4012 SE 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97202, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Entries by methods other than Twitter must include an email address or phone number. Only one entry per week per person. All entries become the property of TriMet. By submitting an entry, you acknowledge that you have read the contest rules and agree to comply with all terms and conditions governing this contest. In addition, you warrant that the haiku is your own original creation that does not violate or infringe any copyright or proprietary right of any third party.

Judging Criteria

A TriMet panel of judges, in their sole discretion, will choose the top seven (7) haiku entries for the week based on the following criteria:

  • Adherence to the haiku eligibility criteria,
  • Originality, and
  • Strength of transit-supportive message.

The decision of the judges is final and binding. In the event that an insufficient number of submissions are received for a given week, TriMet reserves the right to combine the submissions with those received in the following week and pick finalists from the combined pool.

Winners

TriMet will announce the seven (7) finalists by tweet on each Wednesday afternoon during the contest term, and notify the finalists. TriMet will provide a link on Twitter to a third party web service and invite users to vote for their favorite haiku entry for the week by 3 p.m. on each Thursday during the contest term. TriMet will tweet the weekly winning haiku entry (the entry that receives the highest number of votes) on Friday afternoon and notify the potential winner. Notification will be sent via Twitter (or email, if known) to contestants who submitted their entry via Twitter and via the email address provided for those contestants who used an alternate means of entry. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, does not respond within five days or TriMet’s notification is returned as undeliverable, such potential winner forfeits all rights to any prize and an alternate winner may be selected.

Prizes

Odds of winning are based on the number of haiku entries received. Five (5) grand prize winners will each receive one (1) grand prize consisting of a 1-month Adult All-Zone TriMet pass, valued at $86. In addition, at TriMet’s discretion, each grand prize winner may have his/her haiku displayed on the interior of TriMet buses and/or trains and may receive a framed copy of the haiku.

Grant of Rights: By submitting an entry, you hereby grant to TriMet a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to reproduce, distribute, display, prepare derivative works and publicly perform your submitted haiku, even if you do not win a prize. TriMet will have sole discretion in determining whether to exercise these rights.

TriMet assumes no liability for lost, late or misdirected entries, or for any telecommunications, software, hardware, Internet or other access issue that might hinder the ability of any participant to enter the contest. TriMet reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the contest for any reason including, without limitation, technical reasons, failures, non-compliance with these rules or fraud. TriMet reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value. Employees and principals of TriMet are not eligible to enter. TriMet will not be liable for typographical errors in these rules or other promotional materials relating to the contest. All decisions by TriMet are final. Contest participants may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and agree to allow his or her name and likeness to be used for promotional purposes. Winners are responsible for all applicable taxes. Names and/or email addresses are collected for the purpose of notifying potential winners. TriMet does not sell or rent personal information. However, users should be aware that TriMet is a public agency and personal information provided to TriMet may be disclosed in accordance with public records laws. A list of the winners will be posted on trimet.org with a link from TriMet’s Twitter site.