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Annual Contests Sponsored by the HSA

The Society sponsors the following contests for haiku and related forms.

Note that the rules and deadlines for Haiku Society of America contests sometimes change from year to year. We kindly ask that if you forward the contest announcements to anyone, please be sure to give them the entire announcement for the current year. We thank you now for your future cooperation and know that these changes will help ensure that all of our contests run smoothly for years to come. We look forward to your entries!

The deadlines for upcoming HSA-sponsored contests are listed below:

The deadlines for HSA-sponsored contests are:

• Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Contest: April 30, 2020
• Nicholas Virgilio Haiku and Senryu Contest: March 23, 2020
• Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards: February 15, 2020
• Haiku Society of America Garry Gay Rengay Contest: May 31, 2020
• Haiku Society of America Haibun Contest: July 31, 2020
• Harold G. Henderson Haiku Contest: July 31, 2020
• Gerald Brady Senryu Contest: July 31, 2020


 

Harold G. Henderson Award for Haiku Guidelines
     --> Previous Winners

Gerald Brady Memorial Award for Senyru Guidelines
     --> Previous Winners

Haiku Society of America Haibun Award Guidelines
     --> Previous Winners

Haiku Society of America Garry Gay Rengay Award Guidelines
     --> Previous Winners (forthcoming)

HSA Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Award Guidelines
     --> Previous Winners

Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku & Senryu Competition for Grades 7-12 Guidelines
     --> Prevoius Winners

Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award Guidelines
     --> Previous Winners

Museum of Haiku Literature Award Guidelines
     --> Previous Winners



The Annual Harold G. Henderson Award for Best Unpublished Haiku

These awards were originally made possible by Mrs. Harold G. Henderson in memory of Harold G. Henderson, cofounder the Haiku Society of America.

Deadline: The 2020 Henderson Haiku Contest will accept submissions from June 1 to July 31, 2020.

Henderson Haiku Award Contest Coordinator:

Chuck Brickley
254 N Mayfair Ave
Daly City, CA 94015

Adjudication: The names of the judge(s) will be announced after the contest.

Awards: First Prize, $200; Second Prize, $150; Third Prize, $100. Winning haiku will be published in Frogpond and on the HSA Web site.

Rights: All rights revert to the authors after publication.

To see an anthology of past winners, visit the Harold G. Henderson Memorial Award Collection.

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The Annual Gerald Brady Memorial Award for Best Unpublished Senryu

The Gerald Brady Memorial awards were first made possible with a donation by Virginia Brady Young in memory of her brother, Gerald Brady.

Deadline: The 2020 Brady Senryu Contest will accept submissions from June 1 to July 31, 2020.

Brady Senryu Award Contest Coordinator:

Chuck Brickley
254 N Mayfair Ave
Daly City, CA 94015

Adjudication: The names of the judge(s) will be announced after the contest.

Awards: First Prize, $150; Second Prize, $125; Third Prize, $75. Winning haiku will be published in Frogpond and on the HSA Web site.

Rights: All rights revert to the authors after publication.

To see an anthology of past winners, visit the Gerald Brady Memorial Award Collection.

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The Annual Haiku Society of America Award for Best Unpublished Haibun

Deadline: The 2020 HSA Haibun Contest will accept submissions from June 1 to July 31, 2020..

Haibun Contest Coordinator:

Chuck Brickley
254 N Mayfair Ave
Daly City, CA 94015

Adjudication: The names of the judge(s) will be announced after the contest.

Awards: First Prize, $150; Second and Third Place, no prize money. Winning haibun will be published in Frogpond and on the HSA Web site.

Rights: All rights revert to the authors after publication.

To see an past winners, visit the HSA Best Unpublished Haibun Awards.

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The Annual Haiku Society of America Garry Gay Rengay Award

The Haiku Society of America proudly sponsors our inaugural annual contest for rengay!

Deadline: May 31, 2020.

The 2020 Garry Gay Contest will accept submissions from April 1 to May 31, 2020. Entries received after May 31 will not be accepted.

Eligibility: The contest is open to the public. HSA officers who are members of the executive committee are not eligible, but regional coordinators may enter. No entries will be accepted that include work by any of the judges.

Regulations: Submissions to the 2020 Garry Gay Rengay Contest must be in either the two-person or three-person formats. Solo rengay, or six-person will not be considered.

Entries must be in English. Any particular author may appear in no more than three different rengay entered. Entries must not have been previously published, nor contain any haiku or links previously published, submitted for publication, nor entered in any other contest. Publication is defined as an appearance in a printed book, magazine, or journal (sold or given away), or in any online journal that presents edited periodic content. The appearance of poems in online discussion lists or personal websites is not considered publication. Judges will be asked to disqualify any link that they have seen before.

Rengay Contest Coordinator:

Chuck Brickley
254 N Mayfair Ave
Daly City, CA 94015

Entry fee: $5 per rengay (contest will open April 1, 2020 and you will be able to pay your entry fee from PAYPAL from a link added at that time).

Adjudication: The names of the judge(s) will be announced after the contest.

Awards: First Prize $200; Second Prize $100; Third Prize $50. Winning rengay will be published in Frogpond and on the HSA website. All rights revert to authors on publication.

Note to prospective rengay contestants: The following essays provide invaluable information and inspiration:

"The Rengay Verse Form" by Joan Zimmerman:
http://www.baymoon.com/~ariadne/form/rengay.htm

"Rengay: An Introduction" by Michael Dylan Welch:
http://www.graceguts.com/essays/rengay-an-introduction

"Give Rengay A Try" by Michael Dylan Welch:
http://www.graceguts.com/essays/give-rengay-a-try

More essays on rengay by Michael Dylan Welch:
http://www.graceguts.com/rengay-essays

To see an anthology of past winners, visit the Garry Gay Rengay Award Collection (forthcoming after our first awards are announced).

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The Annual Haiku Society of America Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Award

The Haiku Society of America sponsors this annual award for renku.

Deadline: April 30, 2020.

The 2020 Einbond Renku Contest will accept submissions from March 1 to April 30, 2020. Entries received after that date will not be accepted.

Eligibility: The contest is open to the public. HSA officers who are members of the executive committee are not eligible, but regional coordinators may enter. No entries will be accepted that include work by any of the judges.

Regulations: Submissions to the 2020 Einbond Renku Competition should be either in the 36-verse kasen format or the 20-verse nijuin format.

Entries must be written by two or more persons, each of whom contributes a substantial number of individually authored stanzas. Any particular author may appear in no more than three different renga entered. Entries must be in English. Entries must not have been previously published, nor contain any stanzas previously published, submitted for publication, nor entered in any other contest. Publication is defined as an appearance in a printed book, magazine, or journal (sold or given away), or in any online journal that presents edited periodic content. The appearance of poems in online discussion lists or personal websites is not considered publication. Judges will be asked to disqualify any link that they have seen before.

Renku Contest Coordinator:

Chuck Brickley
254 N Mayfair Ave
Daly City, CA 94015

Notes for prospective contestants: You may wish to review the following for background on composing renku in these forms:

"Kasen," by John E.Carley, excerpted with permission from his book, Renku Reckoner.
(Kasen PDF is available for download by permission.)

"Nijuin," John E.Carley, excerpted with permission from his book, Renku Reckoner.
(Nijuin PDF is available for download by permission.)

Considered to be the authoritative work on English-language renku, Carley's book Renku Reckoner may be ordered at:

<http://www.lulu.com/shop/john-carley/renku-reckoner/paperback/product-22189755.html>

Other resources available to you are:

“Link and Shift: A Practical Guide to Renku Composition” by Tadashi Shokan Kodo and Wiliam J. Higginson (2001). This may be viewed at: <http://www.2hweb.net/haikai/renku/Link_Shift.html>

“Shorter Renku” by Tadashi Shokan Kodo and William J. Higginson (2001. This article focuses specifically on the nijuin format. This may be viewed at:
<http://www.2hweb.net/haikai/renku/shorter_renku.html>

You may also find the judges’ comments on winning renku from previous years’ helpful:

<http://www.hsa-haiku.org/einbondawards/einbond.htm>

Adjudication: The names of the judge(s) will be announced after the contest.

Awards: Grand Prize: Up to $200 and publication in Frogpond and on the HSA website. All rights revert to authors on publication. Amount of Grand Prize and additional prizes may vary, depending on the quality and number of entries. If no renku is deemed by the judges to be worthy of the Grand Prize, renku awarded fewerer prizes may or may not be published in Frogpond and on the HSA website.

Note: Prospective contestants may wish to review the "Report of the Renku Contest Committee" published in Frogpond XIII:2 (May 1990) for background on the contest and renku in general. Download a copy of the HSA Renku Contest Committee Report.

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The Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku and Senryu Competition for Grades 7-12

Founded by the Sacred Heart Church in Camden, NJ, and sponsored by the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association in memory of Nicholas A. Virgilio, a charter member of the Haiku Society of America, who died in 1989. The Haiku Society of America co-sponsors the contest, provides judges, and publishes the results in Frogpond and on the HSA Web site.

Submissions for the 2020 
Virgilio Memorial Haiku and Senryu Competition 
are open from the second week of January to March 23, 2020.

Deadline: March 23, 2020.

See contest guidelines at:
Virgilio Contest Submission Guidelines
.

Online submissions now available!

To see an anthology of past winners:
Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku and Senryu Competition Collection.

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The Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award for Excellence in Published Haiku, Translation, and Criticism

The Leroy & Mildred Kanterman Memorial First Place Award was originally made possible by Leroy Kanterman, cofounder of the Haiku Society of America, in memory of his wife Mildred Kanterman. See the archives of Merit Book Awards.

Deadline: Books published with a 2019 copyright date should be submitted by February 15, 2020. Please do not send any entries before 1 January 2020.

Eligibility: The award is open to the public. Books must have been published in 2019 and must clearly contain a printed 2019 copyright. A member, author, or publisher may submit or nominate more than one title. At least 50 percent of the book must be haiku, senryu, or haibun, or prose about these subjects (books mostly of tanka, for example, are not eligible). HSA will also consider collections that have only appeared in an e-book/digital book format. Two print copies of the digital book may be sent by the publisher. Books published by HSA officers are eligible for this award. Books published by the national HSA organization, however, are not eligible.

Submissions: The HSA encourages members, authors, and publishers to proactively submit or nominate eligible books, not only so the judge(s) will consider them, but also so that the HSA can add these books to the permanent HSA Archives in the American Haiku Archives at the California State Library. Please send two copies of each book, noting them to be Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award entries. Authors or publishers should contact the first vice president before the deadline to ascertain that books have been received. In addition, authors and publishers are encouraged to communicate with each other so that duplicate entries are not submitted.

Entry fee: None; however, donations to offset costs are welcome. If including a donation, please make checks/money orders payable in U.S. funds to "Haiku Society of America."

Submit entries or nominations to:

Gary Hotham
Haiku Society of America VP
10460 Stansfield Road
Scaggsville, Maryland 20723
USA

If you have questions email: <hsavicepres@aol.com>.

Adjudication: The names of the judge(s) will be announced after the awards are decided.

Awards: $250 for first place, $200 for second place and $150 for third. The list of winners will be published in Frogpond first and immediately thereafter on the HSA Web site.

Rights: Books submitted will remain the property of the HSA, and one copy will be deposited in the permanent HSA Archives in the American Haiku Archives at the California State Library.

American Haiku Archives:

The official archives of the Haiku Society of America are with the American Haiku Archives (AHA) at the California State Library in Sacramento, California. AHA was founded in 1996, and is the world's largest public archive of haiku and related poetry outside Japan. All HSA publications are deposited to the archives, as are submissions to the Merit Book Awards. The HSA encourages all its members to deposit their papers, correspondence, and other haiku-related materials and books (if not already in the collection) with the archives. For more information, visit the AHA site at <http://www.americanhaikuarchives.org> (click the How to Donate option).

To see past winners, visit the archive of Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards.

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The Museum of Haiku Literature Award

This award is a gift of the Museum of Haiku Literature in Tokyo. A single best-of-issue haiku in each issue of Frogpond will be awarded a cash prize. Award-winning haiku are chosen by the HSA Executive Committee from those published in each issue of Frogpond and are announced in the following issue. These haiku will also be published on the HSA Web site.

To see an anthology of past winners, visit the Museum of Haiku Literature Award Collection.

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The Haiku Society of America Sora Award

This award honors an HSA member who has made an outstanding contribution to the organization over time, decided by the HSA executive committee. The award, established in 2001, is named after Sora, the companion who assisted Basho on his travels in northern Japan, and consists of a certificate and a small gift (past gifts have been crystal frogs). A maximum of one award per year will be presented, with the option to not make an award in a given year.

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