2017 Moon Viewing Haiku Contest

The following are the winners, out of 122 entries, from the 2017 Moon Viewing Haiku Contest held at the Seattle Japanese Garden on 9 September 2017 for its annual Moon Viewing Festival. These results were also posted to the Seattle Japanese Garden Community Blog.

Judged by Tanya McDonald and Michael Dylan Welch


Thank you to everyone who entered the spirit of participation and celebration in writing haiku for the 2017 Seattle Japanese Garden Moon Viewing Haiku Contest, held on 9 September 2017. The entries seemed stronger and more poetic this year. First prize was an annual garden membership. Second prize was a garden T-shirt. And third prize was a set of garden postcards. Congratulations to all the winners, and to everyone who submitted poems.


First Place


lantern in the tree

it could be the only moon

we will see tonight

Sarah Aday


Second Place


hidden moon

I cannot see you—

looking still matters

Brian C.


Third Place


consider the moon . . .

the audience is not unlike

the koi

Russell Nielson (spelling of last name unclear, perhaps Nelson or Nukor)


Honourable Mentions

(in no particular order):



for the autumn moon

another bowl of tea

Gwen Stamm


needles outstretched

the crone-backed tree

beckons the moon

Samuel Levy


orange moon—

can autumn fires

keep me from your gaze?

Karen Radcliff


the moon hides

behind the clouds

waiting to shine

Diana Danzberger


otsumi for 100 people

if the moon were here

it would be too crowded



empty bento box

chilly breeze ruffles my scarf

waiting for the moon

Nina Marini