Call for Entries: Second Annual HR Haiku Contest


March 8, 2018

​The SHRM Certification Team is pleased to announce the second annual "HRaiku" Contest, to honor the ingenuity of our readers during National Poetry Month, which is observed in April. The best HRaikus will be published in the April 12 issue of SHRM Certification Update. E-mail your entries to by March 30. 

Haiku poems have a rigid structure of 17 syllables arranged in three lines. There are five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line and five syllables in the third line. Haikus don't need to rhyme. Your HRaiku should address some aspect of the HR profession, SHRM and/or certification. Be serious, wistful, comical, cynical or anything in between—just be original! 

Here are a few of last year's winning entries for inspiration: 

Grand Prize

If I couldn't work

Within Human Resources

Life would be so boring.

— Michelle Aronson, SHRM-SCP, Chicago


HR Profession

What is good HR?

A helping hand to support,

An ear to listen.

Ricki Olson, SHRM-CP, Waverly, Iowa


SHRM & Certification

What is the question?

To CP or SCP:

That is the answer.

John Archer, SHRM-SCP, Orlando, Fla.


HR Comics & Cynics

Hiring is fun

As long as they plan to stay

Turnover is sad

Angie Geist, SHRM-CP, Columbus, Ohio


Submit as many entries as you like via e-mail ONLY to no later than March 30, 2018. Please do not submit entries to any other SHRM e-mail address. Include your name—or pen name, if you don't want attention—plus your city, state, country and e-mail address (your e-mail address will not be published). Winners will be determined solely by the editors. No monetary gifts or prizes will be awarded other than a congratulatory e-mail, publication in the April 12 issue of the SHRM Certification Update newsletter, and the esteem of your colleagues. Good luck!


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