Haiku Contest Winner: Celebrating National Poetry Month

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April and National Haiku Poetry Day on April 17, we ran a contest asking you for your best haiku—and the response was overwhelming. We laughed, we cried, and we counted lots of syllables. Join us in celebrating these authentic, talented poets who entered the contest, and learn more about how to self-publish poetry with IngramSpark today!

What is a Haiku? 

"A haiku is an unrhymed Japanese poetic form that consists of 17 syllables arranged in three lines containing five, seven, and five syllables, respectively. A haiku expresses much and suggests more in the fewest possible words."  - Merriam Webster

Originating in Japan, the haiku has evolved over time from its traditional beginnings.

"As the form has evolved, many of these rules—including the 5/7/5 practice—have been routinely broken. However, the philosophy of haiku has been preserved: the focus on a brief moment in time; a use of provocative, colorful images; an ability to be read in one breath; and a sense of sudden enlightenment and illumination." - poets.org

IngramSpark Haiku Contest Winner

We're so proud of all of the contest participants, but a special congratulation goes to professional spoken word artist and winner of our Haiku Contest, RJ Walker! 


I love you, he lied

I love you too, she lied and

They both believed it

-RJ Walker


Haiku Contest Runner-Ups

There's more to a haiku than just syllables, and these are just a few of our favorites that captured the essence of a true haiku.


All lives should matter

But some lives just matter more

And this has to change

-McKenya Dilworth



If words were sparrows,

perhaps we would not be so

inclined to cage them.

-Becca O'Donnell



I am a Warrior

Left bosom tried to kill me

A proud survivor

-Kristine Sendy Pierce



to want something so

that you're afraid of ever

having it at all 

-Maria Castaneda



words shatter the soul;

perhaps this is why we trust

writers for wisdom.

-Celia Kim


Why You Should Self-Publish Poetry

What makes self-publishing appealing to poets? There are quite a few benefits to self-publishing a book, including larger margins, print quality, and no gatekeepers; but most importantly, you have full control over the publishing process.

It's tough to submit poems and get rejectedAfter pouring your heart out through your words, it can be difficult to have to explain to an editor why you chose one word over another and why you don't want to change it. Not everyone will understand your work, but that doesn't mean there isn't a market out there waiting to read and resonate with your poetry.

Take Rupi Kaur, Pierre Alex Jeanty, or Robert Drake for instance. These poets knew exactly what they wanted, and they went for it.

IngramSpark offers poets the resources you need to self-publish a book of poems, including publisher education to help get you set up and take your book to the next level. Check out these resources ↓ and self-publish your poetry today!


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