home image
what's new page
about the Haiku Society of America page
how to join page
hsa meetings page
Frogpond magazine page
newsletter page
annual contests page
haiku collections page
HSA member anthology page
news page
links page
contact us page

Gerald Brady Memorial Award Collection

These awards for unpublished senryu are made possible by a starter fund of $25.00 donated by Virginia Brady Young in memory of her brother, Gerald Brady. See also the contest rules for the Brady award.

Winners by Year: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994 | 1993 | 1992 | 1991 | 1990 | 1989 | 1988


 

2013


The judges for the 2013 competition were Alan S. Bridges and Michele L. Harvey.
See 2013 judges' comments.

First Prize ($100)

middle age
in the mirror
the turn toward it

Peter Newton


Second Prize ($75)

wedding day
the time he takes
to knot the tie

Marylyn Appl Walker


Third Prize ($50)

stick figures
including one
i recognize

John Stevenson


Honorable Mentions (unranked)

boy girl party
the slow speed
of the blender

Michelle Schaefer


life and death decisions
the need to feel
the satin lining

Julie Warther


perfect storm the perfume not hers

 Ernest Berry


phantom pain—
the shape of her
in a stranger

 Jayne Miller


 

2012


The judges for the 2012 competition were Susan Constable & Susan Antolin.
See 2012 judges' comments.

First Prize ($100)

death watch
she dies peacefully
in their sleep

Julie Warther


Second Prize ($75)

rain gauge
the pastor talks
about grief

Michele L. Harvey


Third Prize ($50)

waiting room—
a fly climbs the stairs
on an Escher print

Terri L. French


Honorable Mentions (unranked)

my third glass of wine
the mosquito
comes back for seconds

Terri L. French


philosophy class
I talk myself
into a corner

Tom Painting


Old Faithful
the crowd arrives
right on time

Jim Kacian


2011


The judges for the 2011 competition were Eve Luckring & Chad Lee Robinson.
See 2011 judges' comments.

First Place

undressing the summer wind turns color

Ernest J. Berry

Second Place

Father's Day--
a potato
without a face

Susan Marie La Valle

Third Place

stirring my coffee
every which way
flamenco

Sheila K. Barksdale

Honorable Mentions (unranked)

a watermelon smile drips off the end of my elbows

Bett Angel-Stawarz

Trick-or-Treat
a sailboat's name
reflects in the sea

Alan S. Bridges

Martin Luther King Day
I readjust
my rear-view mirror

Carolyn Hall


2010

The judges for the 2010 competition were Linda Jeanette Ward & Marsh Muirhead.
See 2010 judges' comments.

First Place ($100) Garry Gay, California

my skeleton
going for a walk
in the cemetery

The first-place senryu offers a very fresh image, funny, ani- mated, containing both the cartoon image of a literal skeleton, jauntily walking through the cemetery, and on a more serious note, the poet's contained skeleton on his or her own walk-- that skeleton, the one which will possibly inhabit this place in the future, reminds us of our final end.

Second Place ($75) Roberta Beary, District of Columbia

mother's day
she puts me
on hold

2009


The judges for the 2009 competition were w.f. owen and Johnny Baranski.
See 2009 judges' comments.

First Place
Barry George (Philadelphia, PA)
 
the stylist
rinses away
the sound of her voice

 

 

 

Second Place
Marilyn Appl Walker (Madison, GA)
 
their first Thanksgiving
    posing together
    with the turkey

 

 

 

Third Place
Kathe Palka (Flemington, NJ)
 
  graduation day
in the gait of our son
your younger stride

Honorable Mention
Carolyn Hall (San Francisco, CA)
 
Kona Wind
an ocean between me
and my worries

 

 

 

Honorable Mention
Bill Pauly (Dubuque, IA)
 
new bride—
the squeak of her
sweet corn being shucked

 

 

 


Honorable Mention
Tony Virgilio (Camden, NJ)
 
old timers' game
seventh inning stretch
the creaking of knees

2008


The judges for the 2008 competition were Alexis Rotella and Scott Mason. See 2008 judges' comments.

First Place:
David P. Grayson

street corner memorial—
my four-year old
asks for the balloon

 

 

 

Second Place:
Michael Dylan Welch

busy Italian restaurant—
happy birthday
sung to the wrong table

 

 

 

Third Place:
Margaret Chula

Tokyo vending machine
   the long line
      behind the foreigner

Honorable Mention
Kenneth Elba Carrier

old palm reader . . .
my life line
her longest yet

 

 

 

Honorable Mention
Marian Olson

engagement ring
     he decides
     it looks real enough

 

 

 

Honorable Mention
Catherine J.S. Lee

parade march—
the old vet with canes
refuses to ride

Honorable Mention
Robert Mainone

first day of school
her brother's backpack
with legs

 

 

[Top]

2007


The judges for the 2007 competition were Ce Rosenow and Francine Banwarth.

First Place:
Scott Mason

inviting aromas . . .
     the hostess asks
          will it just be me

 

 

 

Second Place:
Scott Mason

our pilot hopes
to see us again real soon
the intercom clicks

 

 

 

Third Place:
Carolyn Hall

candlelight dinner
she fingers the rose
to see it it's real

Honorable Mention
Collin Barber

stale cookie
I give away
the fortune

 

 

 

Honorable Mention
Ernest J. Berry

     wrong date
the thickening skin
     on her latte

 

 

 

Honorable Mention
Anne Maud Godles

a new boyfriend
the same lingerie
enticing again

Honorable Mention
Marylouise Knight

feeling the shape
of the wrapped gift
I put on a polite face

 

 

[Top]

2006


The judges for the 2005 competition were Claire Gallagher and Carolyn Hall. See 2006 judges' comments.

First Place: ($100)
Roberta Beary

first date—
the little pile
of anchovies

 

 

 

Second Place: ($75)
Daniel Liebert

mistaking telephone
for doorbell—
I let loneliness in

 

 

 

Third Place: ($50)
Kenneth Elba Carrier

arguing—
a deaf man grabs
the other's hands

Honorable Mention - 1st place:
Kenneth Elba Carrier

crossing the hopscotch
two old women
avoid the lines

 

 

 

Honorable Mention - 2nd place
C.R. Manley

dentist's obituary—
common interests
we could never talk about

 

 

 

Honorable Mention - 3rd place:
Garry Gay

As if it were spring
the green mold
on the cheese

Honorable Mention -4th Place
Roland Packer

psychic fair
she brushes some dirt
from the cards

 

 

[Top]


2005


The judges for the 2005 competition were An'ya & Carlos Colon.

First Place:
Emily Romano

centerfold:
the model's navel
off-center

 

 

 

Second Place:
Ron Moss

day moon
a fresh tattoo rises
out of her jeans

 

 

 

Third Place:
Susan Antolin

Independence Day
I struggle to free myself
from a wet swim suit

Honorable Mention - 1st place:
Ron Moss

fresh blueberries
a 'gothic' teenager
darkens her lips

 

 

 

Honorable Mention - 2nd place (tie):
Scott Mason

switchbacks—
five or six cub scouts
an octave higher

 

 

 

Honorable Mention -
2nd place (tie):
James Fowler

my father and I
paint the barn
compare wars

Honorable Mention - 3rd place:
Evelyn H. Hermann

picnic
in the sun-dappled courtyard
my freckled banana

 

 

[Top]


2004


The judges for the 2004 competition were Terry Ann Carter, Claudia Coutu.

First Place:
John Stevenson

in the dream
my dog has a whistle
only I can hear

 

 

 

Second Place:
Emily Romano

rodeo cowboy
hopefully clutching
a handful of sky

 

 

 

Third Place:
J. Daniel Beaudry

two-way glass—
the patient waits inside
the therapist's reflection

Honorable Mention:
Robert Bauer

rush hour—
the blonde in the Porsche peels
an orange

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Carl Patrick

scar on her cheek
she gets her lipstick
just right

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Marilyn Appl Walker

grocery shopping—
his python tattoo
squeezes the Charmin

Honorable Mention:
Frank Walsh

on display:
her small and firm
opinion of men

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Jeanne Harrington

conservatory,
the carnivorous plants
behind glass

 
   

Honorable Mention:
Bill Pauly

grinding sausage meat
she recounts the times
her husband cheated

[Top]


2003


The judges for the 2003 competition were Roberta Beary and Ellen Compton.

First Place:
w.f. owen

aftershock
the picture on the wall
straightens

 

 

 

Second Place:
Carlos Colon

in the middle
of making love
counting syllables

 

 

 

Third Place:
R.A. Stefanac

nudist camp
where to begin
with the sunblock

Honorable Mention:
Zanna P. Rade

Clothesline—
the shirt shows off
its biceps

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Bob Boni

open mike night
the audience
goes dead

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Carolyn Hall

getting acquainted
I learn another name
for wild radish

 

[Top]


2002


The judges for the 2002 competition were Pamela A. Babusci and Tom Painting.

First Place:
w. f. owen

divorced
she cleans the ring
around the tub

 

 

 

Second Place:
Heather Basile

after lovemaking
returning
to ourselves

 

 

 

Third Place:
Art Stein

    nest of black hair
secured with ball-point pens
    office geisha

Honorable Mention:
Marilyn Taylor

naked at the ironing board
    concentrating
        on a crease

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
w. f. owen

round and round
debating
circumcision

 

[Top]


2001


The judges for the 2001 competition were Barbara Ressler and Bill Pauly. Out of 574 entries, they selected the senryu below as the winners.

First Place:
Billie Wilson

freezing wind—
the body builder pumps gas
in a muscle shirt

 

 

 

Second Place:
W. F. Owen

werewolf movie
at the commercial
letting the dog out

 

 

 

Third Place:
Janeth H. Ewald

winter rain
holding the umbrella
over the dachshund—pissing

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order)—Greeba Brydges-Jones; Richard Burri; Carlos Colon; Garry Gay; Barry George; W. F. Owen; and R.A. Stefanac.

[Top]


2000


First Place
Yvonnne Hardenbrook

the clerk’s lip ring
I forget
what I wanted

 

 

 

Second Place
Robert J. Guarneir

in the midway sun
corn on the cob customers
grinning ear to ear

 

 

 

Third Place
LeRoy Gorman

school library
such quiet
books

Honorable Mention
Garry Gay

At the fence
they sit on their tractors
talking hay

   
 

Honorable Mention
Timothy I. Mize

three surgeons
five nurses
wrong leg

 
   

Honorable Mention
Marian Olson

Full moon
I iron a wrinkle
into his pants

Honorable Mention
Michael Dylan Welch

Valentine’s Day
she reminds me
to fasten my seatbelt

   
 

Honorable Mention
Michael Dylan Welch

before the guests arrive
I straighten
the straight cushions

 
   

Honorable Mention
Michael Dylan Welch

a lull in her hands
the hairstylist asks
how I part my hair

[Top]


1999


First Place
Leatrice Lifshitz

in one room
everything she has
and a window

 

 

 

Second Place
Garry Gay

Floating
in the dishwater
a pair of chopsticks

 

 

 

Third Place
Jeff Witkin

serious
she takes off her sunglasses
to speak english

Honorable Mention
Ernest Berry

nude beach
an empty bikini
turns me on

   
 

Honorable Mention
John Barlow

dropping valentine chocolates
he quickly swaps them
for another box

 
   

Honorable Mention
Carolyn Hall

leaning back
in their chairs
old friends reunited

Honorable Mention
Theresa Mormino

saving her best dishes
for a better day
my eighty year old mother

   

[Top]


1998


First Place
Carl Patrick

fireflies
my neighbor
has more

 

 

 

Second Place
D. Claire Gallagher

blowing out
one birthday candle:
the whole family

 

 

 

Third Place
John Stevenson

“Just Married”
the attendant
pumping too much gas

Honorable Mention
Diane Tomczak

family reunion
everywhere I look
my old nose

   
 

Honorable Mention
Lee Gurga

identical twins
their hair neatly parted
on opposite sides

 
   

Honorable Mention
David Gershator

at the flea market
looking through books
I gave away

Honorable Mention
Sandra Fuhringer

nightfall
the zookeeper
lets himself out

   

[Top]


1997


First Place
John Stevenson

tourist town
postcards of the waterfall
racked upside down

 

 

 

Second Place
Paul Watsky

carrying their canes
two old women lean
on each other

 

 

 

Third Place
Jeff Witkin

first date
in the parking lot
our car doors touch

Honorable Mention
Diane Tomczak

parents coaxing
baby to eat
mouths wide open

   
 

Honorable Mention
Francine Porad

handsome vendor
my name
on a grain of rice

 
   

Honorable Mention
J. Lent

driving lesson done
father and daughter run
fingers through their hair

Honorable Mention
Bruce Detrick

naked
on the bathroom scales
stomach held in

 

 

[Top]


1996


First Place
Sandra Fuhringer

reconciliation
the candle between us
sputters

 

 

 

Second Place
Paul Watsky

his ashes scattered
what to do
with the box

 

 

 

Third Place
John Stevenson

nude beach
his enormous
sand castle

Honorable Mention
Helen Dalton

letting the dog out
letting the dog in
wrong dog

   
 

Honorable Mention
D. Claire Gallagher

A gusting breeze
the comet wobbles
in my binoculars

 
   

Honorable Mention
Marianna Monaco

long walk home
kicking a stone
for company

Honorable Mention
John Stevenson

Christmas Day
the exchange
of custody

   
 

Honorable Mention
John Stevenson

honeymoon trip
he refuses to stop
for directions

 

[Top]


1995


First Place
Michael Dylan Welch

clicking off the late movie . . .
   the couch cushion
       reinflates

 

 

 

Second Place
Connie Meester

opening night . . .
missing the entrance
of the night blooming cereus

 

 

 

Third Place
Donna Claire Gallagher

Forgetting his underwear
the one with so many
frequent flier miles

Honorable Mention
Donna Claire Gallagher

summer concert
fanning myself faster
during the scherzo

   
 

Honorable Mention
John Stevenson

overmatched boxer
his eyes closed
before the fight

 
   

Honorable Mention
Elizabeth St. Jacques

yard sale:
she takes the baby crib
back into the house

Honorable Mention
Diane Tomszak

his toe
answers mine
a truce begin

   

[Top]


1994


First Place
David Carmel Gershator

making sure
nothing grows
the rock gardener

 

 

 

Second Place
John Stevenson

too quick to reply
cutting my tongue
on the envelope

 

 

 

Third Place
Lynda La Rocca

Grandfather’s funeral
Cousin Kate, air kissing,
Spies a mirror, checks her makeup.

1st Honorable Mention
Marilyn Taylor

in a semi circle
retired sisters watch
“Wheel of Fortune”

   
 

2nd Honorable Mention
Mark Arvid White

dissatisfied
with her Virgo horoscope
               she tries Pisces

 
   

3rd Honorable Mention
Lawrence Rungren

first time
at the zoo my son
watches the people

4th Honorable Mention
Jim Kacian

antiquities room
the curator asks
“So what’s new?”

   

[Top]


1993


First Place
Tom Clausen

meeting her boyfriend
        our handshake
                out of synch

 

 

 

Second Place
Leatrice Lifshitz

from the Holy Land
he sends a postcard of cracks
two thousand hears old

 

 

 

Third Place
Makiko

Polaroid of her lover
coming clearer
with time

Honorable Mention
Peter Duppenthaler

visitor’s day
buttons just right
her dress inside out

   
 

Honorable Mention
Garry Gay

Blueberries
we show each other
our tongues

 
   

Honorable Mention
Margaret Peacock

battered child
. . . kicking the swing
higher

Honorable Mention
Michael Dylan Welch

a pause in the lecture
all at once three students
cross their legs

   

[Top]


1992


First Place
Christopher Herold

cropped grass
∏r2 =
the tethered goat

 

 

 

Second Place
Helen L Shaffer

whacking the bat
with a broom, she says
they attack people

 

 

 

Third Place
Vincent Tripi

Clear about
everything
the window washer

[Top]


1991


First Place
Leatrice Lifshitz

dining out
next to the window
her coat

 

 

 

Second Place
Carol Montgomery

    late spring blossoms
the silhouette artist facing
                       another ponytail

 

 

 

Third Place
Marlina Rinzen

balloon man
selling pins
for popping

[Top]


1990


First Place
John Thompson

On the same bus
    the same strangers
         as yesterday

 

 

 

Second Place
Michael Howell

New neighbor
eyeing the worn path
between our houses

 

 

 

Third Place
Michael Howell

a man swept by
    in a wave rising, falling
         sees us see him drown

Honorable Mention
Lesley Einer

fingering my tattoo
granddaughter asks
when she can have numbers

   
 

Honorable Mention
Kenneth Leibman

the words unspoken . . .
waiting for the toast
        to pop up

 
   

Honorable Mention
LeRoy Gorman

drilling deeper
my dentist talks me into
Amnesty International

Honorable Mention
Anita Krumin

Methodical husband:
On his list of chores, she finds
Her name

   
 

Honorable Mention
LeRoy Gorman

      running down
   FIGHT ILLITERACY
the gang’s red paint

 
   

Honorable Mention
Brenda Duster

drunken sailor
loses both shoes
tying one on

[Top]


1989


First Place
Brenda S Duster

eating alone
my alphabet soup
speaks to me

 

 

 

Second Place
Joe Nutt

lunch
with her lover’s wife
leftovers

 

 

 

Third Place
Garry Gay

Hole in the ozone
my bald spot . . .
sunburned

1st Honorable Mention
Sheldon Young

after kindling
his passion . . .
she lights his cigarette

   
 

2nd Honorable Mention
David Elliot

Nurse’s Station
above the heart monitors
a soap opera

 
   

3rd Honorable Mention
Dee Evetts

how desirable
in the thrift shop window
my old Mag Johng set

[Top]


1988


First Prize
Frederick Gasser

hopscotch
a one legged man
raises cane

 

 

 

Runner Up
Charles D Nethaway, Jr.

young lawyer
his briefs
in the snow

 

 

 

Runner Up
Dee Evetts

in his mother’s house
he walks into the cobweb
she underlooked

Runner Up
Caroline G. Banks

Feel the warmth of
Basho’s frogpond
just xeroxed

   
 

Runner Up
Carol Mongomery

behind shadow proof blinds
the calligrapher’s
word processor

 

[Top]

 


Home | What's New | About the HSA | How to Join | Society Meetings | Frogpond | Newsletter
Annual Contests
| Haiku Collections | HSA Anthology | News | Links
| Contact Us