Imperial Exams

Winners of the Newman Young Writers Award for Best Jueju

Jinshi (進士, lit. “advanced scholar”)

Lindsay Jones, University of Oklahoma, 2017
Dead leaves stark sky cold winds blow
Brown grass gray clouds chill air flows
New roots rich land warm earth holds
Deep down sprouts reach start to grow


Nicole Emery, University of Oklahoma, 2015
Dark night dim stars fresh fog drifts
Gray dusk pale moon crisp haze shifts
Clear day flushed skin worn thoughts still
Night quits morn’ breaks slow hand lifts.


Spencer McCoy, Tulsa University, 2013
Sparks drift glints new dew
Fire flies warm breath blew
Cold walks close fresh bloom
Ice burns glare eyed blue


Huiyuan (會元, lit. “top conference examinee”)

Elizabeth Blazek, Norman High School, 2017
Vast sky sparse clouds stars shine bright
Clear air soft breeze moon glows white
Swift streak hands held wish is cast
Brief smile warm touch heart grows light


Lauren Morris, Deer Creek High School, 2015
Sun glares wind blows air stirs leaves
Clouds shift sky shines bird cuts breeze
Smoke forms grass burns homes left bare
land gone ash stays fires won’t cease


Casey Cai, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, 2013
Oklahoma City
Dark fog low gray air
Dawn gleams teal sea glare
Light rain clear blue sky
Look up dusk swirls there


Tongsheng (童生, lit. “child student”)

Colby Baumann, Tuttle Intermediate School, 2017
Blue sea bright sun green grass grows
Sharp rocks small clouds calm breeze blows
New boats old rocks waves crash down
Sun sets moon rise cold sea flows


Morgan Brooks, Midwest City Elementary, 2015
Midwest City
Black comes night falls dark blue sky
Grey clouds slight lit see go by
Girls jump moist face strong wind blows
Soft breeze lake shines storm waves high


Donovan Helterbrand, East Side Elementary, 2013
Midwest City
At night cold rain falls
Mouse runs big brown halls
Mouse stops huge black door
He’s scared dark tail tall


Juren (舉人, lit. “recommended person”)

Jennifer Sosa, Carver Middle School, 2017
Clear air warm breeze white clouds gleam
Blue sky birds sing low lone stream
Grey clouds tense air storm I see
Calm now slight wind it’s a dream.


Ahsan Mashruf, Carver Middle School, 2015
Bright day clear skies warm light shines
Warm noon calm winds ot sun blinds
Cold night fierce show breath like ice
Red fire warms hands rest your mind


Aaliyah Elders, Highland East Junior High, 2013
Crisp air frost filled breeze
Sleet gleams ice cloaked trees
Fierce winds strength takes lives
Flakes fall snow fills seas


Towns where students have submitted juejue to the contest in 2017:

  • Binger
  • Broken Arrow
  • Edmond
  • Elgin
  • Gore
  • Granite
  • Holdenville
  • Hollis
  • Jenks
  • Lawton
  • Midwest City
  • Mooreland
  • Muskogee
  • Mustang
  • Norman
  • Okemah
  • Oklahoma City
  • Pawnee
  • Ponca City
  • Poteau
  • Sallisaw
  • Stillwater
  • Tahlequah
  • Tulsa
  • Tuttle
  • Yukon