Very Small Verse Contest Winner Announced

We received over 600 tiny poems as entries to the League’s first Very Small Verse Contest and from those, our wonderful judge Souvankham Thammavongsa selected a haiku written by kjmunro as the stand-out winner!

“I read a lot of poems. Some were funny, others tried to do too much, or did too little. This one is indelible and quietly spectacular.” – Souvankham Thammavongsa

The winning poem:



Originally from Vancouver, Canada, kjmunro moved to the Yukon Territory in 1991. She founded & facilitates ‘solstice haiku’, a monthly haiku discussion group in Whitehorse. She has two leaflets with Leaf Press, & co-edited the anthology of crime-themed haiku Body of Evidence: a collection of killer ’ku. Her first poetry collection is forthcoming with Red Moon Press in 2019.

When I discovered the world of haiku poetry I felt like I had found home – this is where I belong as a poet – my poems represent many years of work on a path of much learning & growth, & it is by sharing them with other people that I have learned the most, & been most rewarded, & I am so grateful! -kjmunro on her love of haiku.





We are thrilled also to announce the three honourable mentions:

little birds 

my window 
little birds
drop like
onto the 
war torn
of my soul 

By Valerie Dawn

Valerie Dawn is a seventy year old retired Registered Nurse and Clinical Counsellor; wife, mother and grandmother, born and raised in Australia who has lived her married life in Canada. She began writing her memoirs two years ago and poetry just crept in as a second “book in progress” as she explored the countryside of her ancestors around the world.


The crow swallowed my eye,
and laughed.

By sophie anne edwards

sophie anne edwards writes on Manitoulin Island.


Bouncy Ball 

I am chased
By the hand that threw me away.
This is love?

By Lisa Hazelwood-Goudie

Lisa Hazelwood-Goudie is a Toronto-based writer. Her poetry has been published in magazines such as The Quilliad.

Congratulations to all the winning poets! These poems will feature in Poetry Pause, the League’s daily digital poetry dispatch. To subscribe, submit, or find out more, click here.