Haiku

Team BCPS Haiku Contest

We're working on the 2021 Team BCPS Haiku Book! 

2021 Theme: Change


In our fifth year of the contest, students submitted 1,649 entries from 108 schools! We could not be more proud to achieve record-setting school participation during a pandemic.

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

  • Aubrey Suljak, Grade 5, Jacksonville Elementary School
  • Madilyn Senisse, Grade 8, Arbutus Middle School
  • Noah Colosino, Grade 10, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology

Read our news release about the winners and the contest. The book will include many more haiku plus student artwork. Each student artist and poet selected for the book will receive an online copy. Each school library will receive a print copy of the book.

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.

Tips!

  • 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

HeroDespite 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.