Call for Entries: Third Annual HR Haiku Contest

National Poetry Month is observed in April. Be a poet of HR!

By Rena Gorlin March 14, 2019

​In honor of National Poetry Month, the SHRM Certification Team once again announces an HR Haiku Contest to challenge and delight our readers. The best "HRaikus" will be published in the April 11, 2019, issue of SHRM Certification Update. To enter, please e-mail your submissions to by April 1.

Haiku poems have a rigid structure: 17 syllables divided into three lines. Use 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 be about the HR profession, SHRM or certification. Be serious, comical, cynical or anything in between—just be original! Here are a few of last year's winning entries to inspire you:


HR unties one

knot after another knot,

proudly and with care.

Casey Chen, Reston, Va.


HR is: people,

pay, perks, purpose, passion, play,

puzzling and prickly.

Lori Becker, SHRM-CP, Panama City Beach, Fla.


Mastery at work.

SHRM BoCK—the foundation of

successful outcomes.

Teiko Watanabe, SHRM-CP, San Diego


Don't know about you,

But when it comes to #metoo,

My door is open.

Sheryl Morgan, Elmont, N.Y.


My children think I

am Dogbert, evil HR

director. I'm not.

Rhonda Suurd, SHRM-SCP, Newmarket, Ontario


Submit as many entries as you like via E-MAIL ONLY to SHRMCertNews by April 1, 2019. Please do not submit entries to any other SHRM e-mail address. Include your name (or pen name, if you don't want attention) and SHRM credential (if any), plus your city, state, country and e-mail address (your e-mail address will not be published).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 first April issue of the SHRM Certification Update, and the esteem of your colleagues. Good luck!


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