And we have our winners!


Haiku contest ends
When judges finish reading
Just three little lines.

After three grueling months reading over 750 entries to the 2017 Harvest Haiku Challenge, we are ready to announce the winners. Judges from Michigan Writers have awarded prizes in three main categories based on age; grade k - 6, grade 7 - 12, and adult. First, second and third place awards were provided for each of these.  Furthermore, the judges created several other special recognition categories for a total of 33 final awards.

For all of you who contributed poems but didn't win, we hope you won't be discouraged. All of the poems were appreciated by our judges. Please be looking for our next contest coming up in the fall of 2017.

Our friends at Blackbird Arts, and Chad Pastotnik at Deep Water Press, are busy typesetting the winning entries for inclusion in the special edition Harvest Haiku mini-book.  The book will be available for purchase by the public—winners get a free copy—at our Harvest Haiku celebration coming yet this spring. We haven’t yet picked a date for that so stay tuned. We’ll be sending out another announcement and making a big deal of all this in the local press.

Please direct any questions you may have to me, Bill Palladino, here at Taste the Local Difference.  I, and my partners at Michigan Writers and BlackbirdArts, are grateful for your passion and commitment to this project and we so appreciate your entry.

From Taste the Local Difference, Michigan Writers, and Blackbird Arts, congratulations to all of you and especially those who contributed winning entries! Please, send me a reply to this message so that we are sure you’ve been informed. And if you recognize someone in the winner's list, please congratulate them.

Thanks again for making this contest a huge success. All of us at Taste the Local Difference, Blackbird Arts and Michigan Writers wish you the best of luck in this and all that you venture to do.  

We've included a list of the winners and their entries below and also as a downloadable PDF.  This list will also appear on the the TLD website Haiku Challenge page.
















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