Release Date: 2/28/2018
Contact: Office of Communications, 443.809.5908

We await haiku from students of every age: The contest begins

TOWSON, MD. – After receiving more than 1,600 entries in last year’s Team BCPS Haiku Contest, Baltimore County Public Schools is thrilled to announce the start of the 2018 contest. This year’s topic is How Reading Makes You Feel.

“The Team BCPS Haiku Contest aligns beautifully with our school system focus on strengthening literacy in every subject area,” said Interim Superintendent Verletta White. “It was so exciting last year to receive so many entries from individual students and from entire classes. I also was impressed with the ways that our teachers found to integrate haiku into lessons about Japan, writing, anime, music, and more. The Team BCPS Haiku Contest is a way for us to build community through creativity, reflection, and writing.”

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.

To enter the contest, each BCPS student may submit one (and only one) haiku reflecting this year’s topic to the Office of Communications (, with the subject line Haiku Contest. Each entry must clearly include the student’s full name, grade level, English language arts teacher’s name, and school. The contest deadline is Thursday, March 29, 2018, at 4:45 p.m.

Books can transport us
Tell us where reading takes you,
how books make you feel
Teachers who are submitting entries on behalf of several students may submit multiple entries in one Word document, or use the body of the e-mail. Teachers who are submitting on behalf of younger students whose entries are hand-written may send hard copy entries on 8.5 by 11-inch paper (to enable scanning) to Diana Spencer at Greenwood Building A.

A winning haiku will be chosen at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Winners will be announced by press release on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, which is International Haiku Poetry Day. Winning haiku will be posted on the BCPS website, and winners will receive a prize package, which this year will include gifts from Ukazoo Books, Haiku Guys and Gals, and The Ivy Bookshop as well as game tickets from the Baltimore Orioles.

Like last year, 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, as well as one copy for every school library. Students featured in the book will be announced by press release in May 2018.

Why don’t you enter
This BCPS contest:
Write a great haiku

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