WD Poetic Form Challenge: The Haiku Winner

I’m glad I limited the haiku challenge to three days, because I don’t know if I could’ve made it through three weeks worth of submissions. I didn’t count, but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn there were close to 1,000 haiku submitted! But don’t get me wrong, it was fun reading.

With so many poems, the competition was fierce for the Top 10 alone–not to mention earning the top spot. Since the form is so concise, I’m going to try having a few included with my Poetic Asides column in the Writer’s Digest magazine, but I don’t know the exact number they’ll let me squeeze in. Also, since the form is so concise, I’m going to include the entire Top 10 below (in the order they placed, which means that Cara Holman is our haiku champion).

Here’s the top 10:

Cara Holman

another biopsy-
plucking at the flowers
on my hospital gown


morning dew sparkles
on sunlit grass
you are still gone

Brian Slusher

From the elm’s high branch
a red hightop sneaker swings
a suspended tale

Christina Nguyen

red fox
the autumn leaves
in chorus

Tracy Davidson

chasing bicycles
in his sleep
the old dog twitches

Marie Elena

sweet potato
in a jar
roots for you

Jane Shlensky

Hawk on power line
Watches traffic for road kill
Five second rule counts


The high tide goes out
A boot floating on the waves
I go hopping home

Terri French

winter’s chill
a stray cinder settles
in the hearth rug


Desert rose in bloom
windswept sea of sand-dune flows
dung beetle rolls forth.


Please congratulate the Cara Holman for earning the top spot and everyone else who made the Top 10! Believe me, it was quite an achievement. I have a feeling I wouldn’t get nearly as many entries for a sestina challenge.

I’d like to thank everyone who participated. If your name did not make the list, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t in the running. I had to go through a few rounds of narrowing things down before I was even close to making a Top 10 list. So many great haiku.

Note for the Top 10: If you’d like your name to be fixed, please leave a comment below. I know sometimes the profile names do not match the writer names–or they’re incomplete. Though I may have a feeling I know who some of you are, I’ve found in the past that when I make guesses or assumptions that I’m usually wrong.

Keep an eye out for another challenge soon! After all, I’m sure we all need something (additional) to do through the holiday season. 🙂


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Read the Poetic Asides column in Writer’s Digest…

…with a digital subscription to Writer’s Digest magazine. Each issue includes a poetic form and at least one winner of the WD Poetic Form Challenge! Of course, if you prefer a print subscription, those are available too.

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32 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: The Haiku Winner

  1. De Jackson

    I somehow missed a whole contest, AND the winners list. (‘Tis the season.) So thrilled to see so many of my favorite names on this list. Such powerful work here. And Cara, yours is astounding. Congrats to ALL! 🙂

  2. Hannah

    You’re right Robert, about the sestina versus the haiku. Haiku is so much less daunting, in my opinion. I am so thrilled and humbled to be named among the top ten!!! Thank you, immensely for this magical honor, Robert!! Thanks to everyone for the congrats and likewise congratulations to CARA and THE OTHER TOP TENNERS!! And as Marie said I’m also pleased to be in such good company!! So proud of EVERYONE who participated in this contest! It was such fun and the perfect way to ease the come down from the the high of November PAD!! Thank you so much!! BIG proud smiles!! 🙂

  3. Marie Elena

    WOW!! Thank you so much, Robert! I’m speechless! I adore the company I’m in. 🙂

    Yep, Partner, you DID call it. 😉 Cara tops the list, for certain! And thanks for the kudos. You’re the best.

    Mike Grove, thanks for letting me know!

  4. Nancy Posey

    Congratulations to Cara and the Top Ten! I think I enjoyed reading all the poems in this entry as much as any we’ve done–all those lovely little Polaroid shots packed full of significance.


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