WESTPORT — A haiku poetry contest is being sponsored by the Westport Transit District to promote its Wheels2U Westport shuttle bus service.

As a followup to the transit district’s limerick contest last year, the agency this year invites Westporters to craft haikus about the program providing rides to and from the town’s train stations in the mornings and evenings.

Haikus, which originated in Japan, are unrhymed poems of 17 syllables arranged in three lines of five, seven and five syllables, respectively. 

An example, written by Diane Meyer Lowman, Westport’s poet laureate emeritus, follows:

Wheels2U for you

We ferry you to the train 

Worries left behind

Lowman and Peter Gold, the transit district director, will choose the winners.

The winning haiku authors will be awarded gift certificates to the Westport restaurant of their choice — the first-prize winner will receive a $100 gift certificate, two second-prize winners will receive $50 gift certificates and four third-prize winners will receive $25 gift certificates.

Entries in the contest, open to all Westport residents, must be submitted by March 27. There is no limit on the number of haikus an entrant can submit, according to the transit district.

Submissions should have “Haiku Contest” in the subject line, and be emailed to Gold at pgold@westportct.gov. Entries also should include the contestant’s name, address and email address.

Haikus entered in the contest become property of the Westport Transit District, according to contest organizers.

Entrants also “give the Westport Transit District permission to use their entries without compensation to promote the operations of the Westport Transit District and Wheels2U Westport as the director of the Westport Transit District sees fit,” the contest rules state.