Festival of Archaeology Competition 2023

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The 2023 Festival of Archaeology competition takes the form of poetry, but not just any poetry, a HAIKU 

What is it? 

 A poem of Japanese origin with seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. For this year’s Festival of Archaeology we’d like you to try your hand at an archaeology themed haiku invoking images of the archaeological world. From excavations to landscapes and artefacts or visits to your favourite site – we can’t wait to read or hear your Haiku in the English language. 

Here are some examples. Sounding out the word might help you count the syllables, we have broken down the first example to help you.  

An arch ae olo gist?  (5) 
Thin king of dig ing a trench (7) 
Where is the feat ure? (5) 


On the horizon 
View ancestral stones and stars  
Cosmic alignment 
Mud, mud, mud, mud, mud 
Sometimes a bit of sunshine 
Trench weather defined 
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When is it?

The competition runs from 10 July to 31 July

Who can take part?

 There are two categories:

  • 8-17 (up to the day before your 18th birthday)
  • aged 18 and above.

How do I enter?

There are a few ways of entering!

  • Email your poem/voice file/video to [email protected]. Make sure you include the word HAIKU in the emails subject line.   

  • Post your entry on social media (Twitter, Instagram or Facebook) with the #FOAHaiku  

  • Submit via the form below! 


What can I win?

Winners will receive a prize bundle which includes - £100 worth of books of your choice from Thames and Hudson, a £50 etsy voucher to help your creativity flow, an audiogram recording of your Haiku by a professional voice actor courtesy of Chris Gregory of Alternative Stories. A copy of Everyone Sang – a poem for every feeling by William Seighart

What else do I need to know?

All entries should be written in the English language.    

The Festival team will then collate all the entries, the best 10 will be sent to our panel of judges who will pick the winners. The final 10 will be shared on the Festival of Archaeology website for all to see as a Festival resource.  Judges decision is final 

Terms and Conditions

  1. The competition is open to residents of the UK, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.   

  1. CLOSING DATE: The last day to send in submissions for the CBA Festival of Archaeology #FOAHaiku competition is Monday 31st July

  1. Your entry must be something with a clear connection to archaeology.   

  1. The winner of each category will receive a £50 gift voucher and prize bundle.   

  1. Entrants must be aged 8 and over.   

  1. Each entrant may submit up to five entries. If more entries are received the judges will only consider the first five entries.   

  1. Post a picture of your Haiku on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #FOAHaiku and tag us @archaeologyuk.   

  1. Alternatively, you can email your entry to [email protected]   

  1. Let us know which age category you are entering   

  1. If you are under 18 you will need a parent, carer or guardian to email your entry for you using their social media account. Your entry should include your name and age on 31 July 2023.   First names and the category will be the only identifier. 

  1. Parents, carer or guardians of entrants under 18 are deemed to have accepted these rules when entering.    

  1. All entries entered must be the original work of the entrant.  

  1. The winning entries will be judged by the Festival of Archaeology team and collaborators. The judges’ decision will be final.  

  1. The winners will be notified through the platform they used to enter (i.e. Facebook, Twitter or email) and will be notified by  18 August 2023.   

  1. Copyright of the Haiku will remain with the entrant, though the Council for British Archaeology will be granted non-exclusive rights in perpetuity for publication, digitisation, exhibition and broadcast. This may include the granting of reproduction rights to selected third parties for promotional or other uses.  

  1. By entering this competition, you agree that your entry may be used by the CBA Festival of Archaeology and the Council for British Archaeology, including but not limited to, our websites, Facebook Twitter and Instagram accounts.  

  1. Personal data submitted will only be used in relation to the competition. Your information will be securely deleted once the competition is complete and no later than 31 January 2024.  For more information see the CBA’s privacy policy.   

  1. Entry to the competition confirms acceptance of the above rules.  

  1. You can withdraw from the competition at any time by contacting [email protected].