Haiku Contest Highlights National Punctuation Day

PINOLE, Calif. – Last year, National Punctuation Day held a baking contest, but this year event organizers are trying something a little more literary.

Punctuation marks:
Commas, colons, periods
That give words meaning.

Ah. It’s the essence of punctuation in a simple haiku.


To celebrate the seventh annual National Punctuation Day on Sept. 24, organizers are hold the first National Punctuation Day® Haiku Contest, with the winners receiving a plethora of punctuation goodies.

It will be a celebration of proper punctuation in traditional Japanese-style verse. Send your best poetry to Jeff@NationalPunctuationDay.com and let the literary games begin. Haikus must be received by Sept. 30 to be considered for prizes.

National Punctuation Day is the holiday that reminds America that a semicolon is not a surgical procedure. It is celebrated in schools and businesses throughout the world with activities, games, programs, and contests. It has inspired people to pay attention not only to their p’s and q’s, but also their commas, semicolons, and ellipses. National Punctuation Day reminds us of the importance of proper punctuation for communicating clearly at home, school, or at work.

Former newspaper reporter Jeff Rubin founded National Punctuation Day in 2004 to draw attention to the importance of proper punctuation. It’s a day for librarians, educators, and parents — people who are interested in teaching and promoting good writing skills to their students and their children. It’s also a day to remind business people that they are often judged by how they present themselves.

“Successful people have good communication skills, and that includes knowing how to write properly,” Rubin says. “Punctuation counts. A misplaced comma can alter the meaning of a message.”

The National Punctuation Day website (www.NationalPunctuationDay.com) — in addition to highlighting the latest in literacy news and featuring incorrectly punctuated signs from all over the world — serves as a resource that helps educators teach good writing skills and helps students understand the basics of punctuation.

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