Enter The Halloween Health Care Haiku Competition

(Hannah Norman/KHN Illustration)

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No ghost or goblin
will strike fear in you like this.
Say, “Then the bill came.”

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KHN has been publishing your wonderful health care haiku for years. We’d like you to help us mark Halloween by sending us your best scary health care or health policy haiku. Submissions will be judged by our esteemed panel of experts. We’ll share our favorites on our social media channels, and our editor-in-chief, Elisabeth Rosenthal, will pick the winner, announced on Oct. 31.

Rules:

  • Submit your haiku to https://khn.org/contact-haiku/ with the link to the related KHN article.
  • Like Kaiser Health News and California Healthline on Facebook, and follow @KaiserHealthNews on Instagram.
  • (Optional) Include your Twitter or Instagram handle in the submission and let us know if it’s OK to give you a shout-out on social media.
  • Submit your haiku by Oct. 29.
  • Submit only once.
  • In order to win, the haiku must meet the following criteria:
    • Follow the format of a haiku (a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count).
    • Contain information that is related to health care and/or health policy and that follows the scary/ Halloween theme.
    • The best ones will reference a KHN story in the haiku.

Prizes:

  • We’ll feature the scariest (and most creative) haiku in the KHN Morning Briefing on Oct. 31, and read it on our “What the Health” podcast. We will also give you a shout on our social media pages, with the hashtag #HealthCareScare.
  • Members of the KHN team will read some of their favorite haikus and post them on social media.

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What’s that at the door
Squeezing more blood from a stone?
Doctors’ surprise bill.

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