WD Poetic Form Challenge: Haiku Sonnet Winner

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Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the haiku sonnet. As usual, many poems made the original cut before I was able to get it down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner.

Read all the haiku sonnets here.

Here is the winner:

Waterfall, by William Preston

White water tumbles
from ledge of rock to talus.
Rain clouds pass on by.

Spray swirls in the air,
gyrating on the way down;
rainbows from within.

The cataract roars
in a torrent of bass notes;
other sounds retreat.

The canyon's granite
glistens as rough walls turn smooth;
a new channel forms.

Amidst it all, green swallows
fly through capricious hollows.


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Congratulations, William!

Here’s a complete look at my Top 10 list:

  1. Waterfall, by William Preston
  2. Bluebird Rescue, by Taylor Graham
  3. Mother and Daughter, by James Von Hendy
  4. Summer Sets, by Lisa L. Stead
  5. Granny's Kitchen, by Sharon Louise Howard
  6. Haiku Sonnet for the Storm, by Candace Kubinec
  7. Walking Around Town, by Rosemary Nissen-Wade
  8. Autumn Melancholy, by Nancy Posey
  9. "Purple crocuses," by Karen Wilson
  10. Rose Bush, by Sarah E. Metzler

Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10! And to everyone who wrote a haiku sonnet!


Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which means he maintains this blog, edits a couple Market Books (Poet’s Market and Writer’s Market), writes a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine, leads online education, speaks around the country on publishing and poetry, and a lot of other fun writing-related stuff.


He loves learning new (to him) poetic forms and trying out new poetic challenges. He is also the author of Solving the World’s Problems.

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