National Grammar Day Haiku Contest Winners 2017

A huge thank-you to Mark Allen (@editormark on Twitter) from the American Copy Editors Society for organizing this contest with me and writing most of this post. The contest wouldn't have happened without you, Mark!

Mignon Fogarty
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National Grammar Day Haiku Contest Winners 2017

The winner of the National Grammar Day Tweeted Haiku Contest submitted a single entry that uses grammar terms in a humorous senryu, a poetry form closely related to haiku.

Senryu follows the haiku form of three lines and 17 onji, usually simplified as syllables. Unlike traditional haiku, a senryu doesn’t necessarily make a statement about nature.

The winning entry may have come from Sophia Loren. But probably not. We just don’t know.

The poet goes by Lills on Twitter with the handle @LillaryBlinton. The profile photo is a caricature of Sophia Loren. (Ms. Loren, is it really you? Please call.)

The Twitter account was started this week and has a single tweet: the winning haiku.

But the anonymity of the poet didn’t bother the judges, who chose this tweet from approximately 500 contest entries.

Runners Up

Did I mention we had hundreds of entries this year? Being a runner-up is still a huge honor. Congratulations to these fabulous poets:




Honorable Mentions






You can review all the entries by scrolling back through the hashtag #GrammarDay on Twitter or at the Storify.

A huge thanks to our expert panel of haiku judges:

•       Emily Brewster (@eabrewster)  is an associate editor and lexicographer at Merriam-Webster, Inc. As a general definer, she’s covered all kinds of vocabulary, from grammar to finance to slang. Her videos for Merriam-Webster’s website tackle such vexing issues as lie vs. lay and its vs. it’s. She’s also worked as a poetry editor.

•       Laura M. Browning (@ellembee) is co-editor-in-chief of The A.V. Club and a board member of the American Copy Editors Society. She once won a poetry award in high school.

•       Amorak Huey (@amorak), a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in poetry, is author of the poetry collection Ha Ha Ha Thump (Sundress, 2015) and the chapbooks The Insomniac Circus (Hyacinth Girl, 2014) and A Map of the Farm Three Miles from the End of Happy Hollow Road (Porkbelly, 2016). He teaches writing at Grand Valley State University, before which he spent 14 years as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Florida, Kentucky, and Michigan.

•       Tom Freeman (@SnoozeInBrief) is an editor at the Wellcome Trust, a foundation that supports health-related research and publishes longform science stories at mosaicscience.com. He is the winner of the 2016 ACES National Grammar Day Tweeted Haiku Contest.

•       Paula Froke (@PaulaFroke) is the AP’s special liaison editor with MSN/Microsoft and lead editor of the AP Stylebook. Her 30-plus years with the AP has included jobs as news editor in Minnesota and Michigan, deputy national editor at headquarters and assistant managing editor/nights on the AP Nerve Center in New York.  She worked on the editing desk at four Olympics.

About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show. Her popular LinkedIn Learning courses help people write better to communicate better.