Take the McDermott Library National Poetry Month Haiku Challenge

In honor of National Poetry Month during the month of April, the Eugene McDermott Library’s Research Services Department is hosting its annual haiku competition.

National Poetry Month was launched by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 and has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, teachers, librarians, publishers and poets recognizing the integral role poetry plays in today’s culture.

To be a part of this year’s salute to poetry, create an original library-themed haiku poem for your chance to win a McDermott swag bag and serious bragging rights! Open to currently-enrolled UT Dallas students, the contest runs through April 30. Along with a swag bag that will be awarded after the library reopens, the winner’s haiku will be featured on the library’s social media pages and preserved in the library’s online repository.

A haiku is a short form of Japanese poetry that consists of three lines. The content in lines one and three have five syllables and line two has seven.

3-lined, Library-themed poem:
Line 1 is 5 syllables
Line 2 is 7 syllables
Line 3 is 5 syllables

Submit your original haiku to Matt Young, [email protected], using your UT Dallas email account. Include “Haiku Contest 2020” in the subject line.

The winner will be selected during the first week of May and will be announced on the library’s website and social media platforms.

Recent Winners:

2019 – Reagan Deaton

Quiet and focused
In a building full of books
We build the future

2018 – Grace McClure

The rhythm of shoes
Keyboards and conversations
The heart of campus

2017 – Luke Brown

Twenty-six letters
Infinite combinations
Adventure awaits


See even more submissions and winners on [email protected], the library’s online repository. This is the 10th year the library has held the haiku contest to coincide with National Poetry Month.

Page Last Updated: April 28, 2020