Rose of Versailles Haiku Contest

Winners Thank you to all who entered. We had many wonderful entries, and they were all a delight to read. We'd like to congratulate the following:

Grand Prize

Born to be a Queen
She was all I had hoped for
But then the world changed
by Lilith Casler (Newton, NJ)

Runner Up 1

Guardian Oscar
A daughter born as a son
Marie's life is yours
by Lynette (Damascus, MD)

Runner Up 2

The flame burns brightest
In defiance of the night
But how brief that flame

by Su Han (Seattle, WA)

Runner Up 3

A sword and a dress
Both only as powerful
As she who wears them
by Carl Li (Glendale, NY)

Special Mention

Oh my dear St. Just
What on earth is wrong with you
This guy is cray cray

by Ragukoon (Tuscaloosa, AL)

This December 6, 2012, for the first time in 30 years, the classic anime series The Rose of Versailles will be available to North American viewers on Viki. In partnership with Viki, we're celebrating this momentous occasion with a chance to win fantastic prizes! All you have to do is submit your best Rose of Versailles haiku, and you could win an autograph from manga creator Riyoko Ikeda, the complete series on two limited edition DVD boxsets donated by Right Stuf's Nozomi Entertainment, or headphones and a t-shirt!

Based on Riyoko Ikeda's legendary manga, the series is set in the court of Queen Marie Antoinette before and during the French Revolution. Lady Oscar is a young woman raised as a man to serve in the palace guards.

The contest runs from October 17, 2012 to November 16, 2012 at 11:59PM PST. Each entry form allows you to submit up to five haiku, but you can enter as many times as you want! While the contest is open to everyone, prizes will only be shipped to addresses in the United States and Canada. The winning haiku will be selected by Viki and Anime News Network, and winners will be announced in December through both ANN and the Viki blog.

All of the entries should be written in the 5-7-5 syllable style of haiku. For instance:

For a chance to win
A coveted autograph
Fill your quill with ink


Grand Prize
  • An authentic autograph from Rose of Versailles manga creator Riyoko Ikeda
  • Complete series on 2 limited edition DVD boxsets
1st Runner Up
  • Authentic autograph from creator Riyoko Ikeda
  • Viki headphones and t-shirt
2nd Runner Up
  • Complete series on 2 limited edition DVD boxsets
  • Viki headphones and t-shirt
3rd Runner Up
  • Complete series on 2 limited edition DVD boxsets
Special Mention
  • Viki headphones and t-shirt

The complete 40-episode series will be available on two limited edition DVD boxsets in 2013 from Right Stuf's Nozomi Entertainment, who is graciously donating the prizes.


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