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2021 Haiku Contest – The Winners!

2021 Haiku Contest Results

Congratulations to the winners of the Dreamers 2021 Haiku Contest!

We just love this haiku contest! Every year we look forward to reading the hundreds of entries we receive. And every year we have a hard time deciding on which ones to pick! This year, we’ve selected a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner, plus 1 honourable mention.

As always, a sincere thank you to our guest judge, Dr. Reinekke Lengelle, Symposium Co-Editor for the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling and Assistant Professor at Athabasca University, where she teaches “Writing the Self” and “Narrative Possibilities” among other courses. Reinekke, a published poet and author of the recent award winning book, Writing the Self in Bereavement, has judged this contest every year since its inception, and we are so grateful.

1st Place:

Canoe Portage

by Michael Dudley

canoe portage…
stalks of empty milkweed pods
twist in the headwind

Haiku Contest 2021 - empty milkweed pods at the shoreline


by Antoinette Kennedy

Wildfires in autumn
rip forest garments, spray red
the geese reeling north.


Shoreline Birders

by Michael Dudley

shoreline birders
socially distanced ~ the wingspan
of a tundra swan


Slow Dream

by Peggy Liuzzi

I slow dream your face
distant and cold as morning
blue as shadowed snow

To read more haiku, check out the winning entries from last year’s haiku contest!

Read more poems on the Dreamers website, like:

Dream Upon Dream
The Worst Drunk Poem I’ve Ever Written
Writing Myself Alive: An Episodic Poem
Maybe a Mango, Recovery, Yearly Physical
“In Her Garden” and “Fresh News”
This Is What Death Does
Rainlight, No Last Words
The Space I Take
The damsel in distress was not for me…
before whisky after jazz
Things I’ve Learned on the Road
We grew up on fear and became heroes…
To be in the Summer **CONTEST WINNER**

*Photo above by Michael Dudley.