National Poetry Month Haiku Contest

CMC Leadville Haiku Contest

CMC Leadville Haiku Contest

Colorado Mountain College Leadville is celebrating National Poetry Month with a social media haiku contest. Poets and participants can enter by sharing their original haiku as a comment on the CMC Leadville Facebook OR Instagram contest posts. 

Each week there will be a new quaran-theme announced and a call for submissions on Facebook and Instagram. The theme for April 12 – 18 is outdoors; April 19 – 25 is cleaning; and April 26 – May 2 is snacks.

All original haiku submissions will be automatically entered into the prize drawing. Each week, winners will be chosen at random to win a CMC hoodie. 

The quarantine haiku contest is open to all and anyone is invited to submit a poem through a social media comment. 

A haiku is a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, written in three lines of five, seven, and five syllables. Here is an example written by Matsuo Bashō,

An old silent pond…

A frog jumps into the pond,

splash! Silence again.

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Contest Rules

  • One submission allowed each week per person.
  • Haiku poems must be submitted via social media as comments on Facebook and Instagram contest posts. To submit a poem outside of social media, please email your haiku to
  • Can enter up to three times by submitting three different haiku poems – one for each theme.
  • Haiku’s must be original.
  • The poem must follow the haiku structure: three lines of five, seven, and five syllables.