Words at Play

The Haiku That Can Pay You Contest Winners

Thousands entered, three won.


Earlier this summer, we launched the Haiku That Can Pay You contest with a simple prompt: share a haiku about splitting a big expense and you could win a nice chunk of change. The submissions—more than 6,000 in total!—ranged everywhere from funny to touching to wonderfully bizarre. We read and thoroughly enjoyed them all, but in the end, only three could take home prizes. Here they are.


Our third place entry comes from Tyler Griesenbrock:

A Cirque show for six:
What happens while in Vegas
Still leads to a bill


Second place went to Matthew Tompkins:

This gift is from us all. Plus
Dave, once his check clears.


Our grand prize winner came from Mabel Yu:

We scored Hamilton
tix! Pony up the dough or
we're dueling at dawn.

Congratulations Mabel, Matthew, and Tyler!


With so many entries, it was hard to narrow it down. Here are some of the others that caught our attention:

Friend never paid for
Ticket after the Sox lost.
Insult, injury.
— Laura London

Summertime fun time
Canoe trip with friends, booked, paid
Just me up the creek
— Melody Parish

Tour of haunted Spain,
"We can settle up stateside!"
Now he's ghosted me.
— Maryanne Jensen

Season tickets - paid.
If we don't make the playoffs
I may want this back
— Willis LeRoy

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