3rd Annual California Urban Forests Council Haiku Contest

Theme: “SereniTree” – How trees lift our spirits and save our souls…

First Place – Tami Granada

Second Place – Sheri Cobble

Tied Third Place – Mike Johnson

Tied Third Place – Vanessa Wyns

Honorable Mention – An’ya Bartolovic

View the gallery below to see all submissions for this year’s Haiku competition.

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Judging the submissions

All the haikus submitted were given a number and the author’s name removed as part of our blind judging process. Our panel of 3 judges then evaluated each poem against the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the theme
  • Creativity/Style and Originality
  • Coherence of form and structure (harmony of words, presentation)
  • Clarity of imagery and language

Each judge awarded a score of 1 to 5 in relation to each of the criteria, with 5 being excellent. These were then tallied to give an overall score.

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