Team BCPS Haiku Contest

This year's contest runs March 1 - 19 at 4:45 p.m.
Theme: Change
BCPS students may submit 1 original haiku.
Enter the contest online (link available on March 1)

What is a haiku?
A traditional Japanese poem that consists of three lines:

  • The first line has five syllables.
  • The second line has seven syllables.
  • The third line has five syllables.


  • Don’t include a title.
  • Use the theme.
  • Describe!
  • Submit only one original haiku per student.
  • We use How Many Syllables to check syllables.
More information
  • An elementary, middle, and high school winner will be announced in mid-April 2021.
  • As in prior years, the winning poems and additional selected poems will be compiled into an online book with student artwork.
  • Each school library will receive a print copy.

Read the 2020 Team BCPS Haiku Book

Despite the spring closure, the 2020 Team BCPS Haiku Contest received 1,446 entries from 99 schools and centers! Our theme was Hero, which gained new significance due to COVID-19. The contest runs each March as part of our We Are Team BCPS campaign.

A panel of student and staff judges selected 165 poems for the book, including an elementary, middle, and high school winner:

  • Ella Navari, Grade 4, Prettyboy Elementary School
  • Kiran Bhatia, Grade 7, Dumbarton Middle School
  • Maggie Else, Grade 10, Dulaney High School

Student artwork that brought these poems to life was then selected for the book through the Office of Visual Arts. Each school library received a copy of the book.