National Haiku Contest

Congratulations to Jacquie Pearce, the winner of our inaugural National Haiku Contest! Our guest jurors Terry Ann Carter and Naomi Beth Wakan selected two haiku by Jacquie Pearce as co-winning poems of the inaugural contest — the most delightful part of this? All 500+ haiku we received were judged blind by a first reader, and selected blind by our two jurors. And still, the two winning haiku are by the same amazing poet!

Thank you to all the poets who sent us their beautiful tiny poems. We were truly overwhelmed with the enthusiasm for this contest, and we can’t wait to run it again for National Haiku Writing Month 2019.

Without further ado, we are thrilled to present you with Jacquie Pearce’s two winning poems:

 after the rain  

my daughter jumps into  

each piece of the sky  


lingering grief . . . 

a trace of Fukushima 

in the salmon 

The jurors also selected three haiku for honorable mentions, by Dorothy Mahoney, Marianne Paul, and Beth Skala. Read their haiku, as well as the jurors' complete comments on Pearce's winning poems, in our complete winner's announcement here!



Thank you again to our two incredible judges!

Terry Ann Carter is a poet and paper artist who lives and works in Victoria, B.C. where she serves Haiku Canada as president and teaches Japanese literary forms at Royal Roads University. She is the founder of KaDo Ottawa and Haiku Arbutus (Victoria). Terry Ann is also a member of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild.

Naomi Beth Wakan is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Nanaimo (2013-16) and a member of Tanka Canada. She is the first Honorary Ambassador for The Federation of BC Writers. She has published over fifty books, including the prize-winning Haiku: one-breath poetry. Her most recently published book is a basic introduction to tanka, The Way of Tanka. Her popular book, Poetry That Heals, is being re-issued in February 2018 (Shanti Arts). She lives on Gabriola Island with her husband, the sculptor, Elias Wakan.