Thank you to everyone who entered our 2016 contest.

We are very pleased to announce the three winners and two runners-up of our 2017 #chqhaiku contest. Thank you again to everyone who submitted their poem we hope you join in the fun again next year!

First Place:
Every day, each hour,
for lifelong learning and love,
for all the bell tolls.
~ Joshua Johnson

Second Place
Meandering bricks
lead to enclaves of worship
Floating sacred words
~ Maria Poblete

Third Place
Violins rejoice
On this fragrant summer night
Sweet evocations
~ Susan Baruch

Honorable Mentions
Loud. Strong. FDR,
From the amphitheater stage
Cried out, "I hate war."
~ Benita Black

In a practice shack
an unknown musician plays
future masterpiece.
~ Paul Scheeler

Judging and Prizes

Chautauqua’s Education department will judge submissions once again this year. Our contest runs through November 17 and winners will be announced December 1.

• First Place Prize: 4-year CLSC membership and one 2017 CLSC book

• Second and Third Place Prize: 1-year CLSC membership and one 2017 CLSC book

• Winning poems and honorable mentions will be published in the Winter Chautauquan.


• Deadline to enter is Thursday Novemer 17, 2016. Winner announced on Thursday December 1, 2016

• The contest is open to all. Limit of 3 submissions per poet please.

• All entries on social media must be tagged #chqhaiku

• You must write your own poem about or inspired by Chautauqua. If you are helping someone else send in their submission please make sure that is clearly communicated.

• Haiku is written in 3 lines, the first and third lines have 5 syllables, and the second line has 7 syllables. (Slight modifications are acceptable).

• All poems must be "family friendly" to be accepted. If you have a question on what is considered family friendly, please email