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Release Date: 4/2/2019
Contact: Brandon Oland, 443.809.5908

Wow! 2,223 haiku entered in this year’s BCPS contest

Winners to be announced April 17; Prizes donated by the Baltimore Orioles, The Ivy Bookshop, Ukazoo Books

TOWSON, MD. – Talk about too good to be true! We can’t take our eyes off the record number of entries received in this year’s Team BCPS Haiku Contest: 2,223! That exceeds last year’s total by more than 300.

This year, 1,494 entries were received from elementary school students, 383 from middle school students, 343 from high school students, and three from individuals not eligible to enter.

“We are thrilled that our students and teachers have embraced this contest because it celebrates literacy, creativity, and the power of student voice,” said Baltimore County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Verletta White. “This year’s entries are especially moving because the theme is family, and our students’ families are integral members of Team BCPS.”

A winning haiku will be chosen at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Winners will be announced by press release on Wednesday, April 17, which is International Haiku Poetry Day. The three winners will each receive four tickets from the Baltimore Orioles to the game on Tuesday, June 25; a gift certificate from The Ivy Bookshop to participate in a writing workshop; and a gift card from Ukazoo Books.

As in prior years, additional haiku will be selected for a book, which will also feature student artwork. One copy of the book will be sent to each featured haiku poet and artist, the teacher identified for each poet and artist, and each school library. Students featured in the book will be announced by press release in May 2019.

A haiku is a Japanese poem that consists of three lines. The first line has five syllables, the second line has seven syllables, and the third line has five syllables.

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