1st Place – Jonathan Aylett
2nd Place – Goran Galatica
3rd Place – Kelly Shaw
View the gallery to see all submissions for 2023’s Haiku competition.
Judging the submissions
- 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.
Entries have closed! The judging will begin soon.
A haiku is a short three-line poem that uses sensory language to capture a feeling or image. Developed by Japanese poets, haiku are often inspired by nature, a moment of beauty, or a poignant experience.
Haikus follow a strict form: three lines, with a 5-7-5 syllable structure. That means the first line will have five syllables, the second line will have seven syllables, and the last line will have five syllables. A haiku does not have to rhyme or follow a certain rhythm as long as it adheres to the syllable count.
6th Annual California Urban Forests Council Haiku Contest
Shades of Well-Being: Urban Forestry’s Role in Public Health & Equity
- Limit of 3 entries per person
- Please “keep it clean”
- Deadline August 31 st
- Enter using the form below
- All entries become the property of CaUFC to use in future promotions