Golden Haiku: 2022 Winners

The 2022 Golden Haiku competition was another record-breaking year. We received entries from 71 countries, 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Over 2,900 haiku were received, including submissions from nearly 300 talented poets under the age of 18 who participated in the Youth category. Winning haiku can be seen on colorful signs throughout the Golden Triangle into early May.

All entries were reviewed and judged by a distinguished panel of published haiku experts including Abigail Friedman, Lenard Moore, Kit Pancoast Nagamura, and John Stevenson.

Golden Haiku follows the Haiku Society of America’s guidelines for modern haiku, which does not require the traditional 5-7-5 structure. Removing the strict structural requirements for syllables frees the author to use evocative language to capture a moment or expression of beauty in a short, descriptive verse.



First Place

Second Place

Third Place (tied)

Third Place (tied)

DC Area Winner

Honorable Mention

Youth Winner
(High School)

Youth Winner
(Middle/Elementary School)

Youth
Honorable Mention

Youth
Honorable Mention