Haiku Contest – for all ages!

This entry has been published on March 27, 2020 and may be out of date.

April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, the Summit Free Public Library is hosting a haiku contest. Create an original haiku poem about the Spring for your chance to win serious bragging rights!

A haiku is a short unrhymed poem having three lines containing five, seven and five syllables, respectively.

Here’s an example:

The wind and I play
tug-of-war with my new kite.
The wind is winning.

From Guyku by Bob Raczka


  • 3-line poem
  • Line 1 is 5 syllables
  • Line 2 is 7 syllables
  • Line 3 is 5 syllables

There will be 4 age categories:

  • Elementary School: Grades 3-5
  • Middle School: Grades 6-8
  • High School: Grades 9-12
  • Adult


All entrants must be current residents of Planet Earth. Each entrant may submit one haiku. A winner and 2 runners-up will be chosen from each category by library staff.

Entries will be accepted from Wednesday, April 1st through Thursday, April 30th. Email your haiku to reference@summitlibrary.org. Please include your name, and what age category you are entering. Winners will be notified by email. Winning entries will be posted on the Library website and on social media. Let us know if you are a winner, if we may post your full name. (Other options are initials, or first name + initial of last name.)