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
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
If words were sparrows,
perhaps we would not be so
inclined to cage them.
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
words shatter the soul;
perhaps this is why we trust
writers for wisdom.
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 rejected. After 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.
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!
- Blog Post (~3 mins): How to Self-Publish a Book: An Introduction to Self-Publishing
Blog Post (~4 minutes): Don't Limit Your Book Distribution: KDP Select and ACX
- Free Online Course (~50 mins) How to Self-Publish
- Free Online Course (~45 mins) How to Build an Author Platform