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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:

• HSA Haibun Contest: July 31, 2014
• Harold G. Henderson Haiku Contest: July 31, 2014
• Gerald Brady Senryu Contest: July 31, 2014
• Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Contest: February 28, 2014
• The Nicholas Virgilio Haiku Contest, March 25, 2014
• The Mildred Kanterman Merit Book Awards: March 31, 2014


 

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

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

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

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

Best Unpublished Haibun Awards Guidelines
     --> Previous Winners

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

Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Awards Guidelines
     --> Previous Winners

Museum of Haiku Literature Awards Guidelines
     --> Previous Winners



The Annual Harold G. Henderson Awards for Best Unpublished Haiku

These awards were originally made possible by Mrs.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: Inhand by July 31, 2014. 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.

Regulations: Up to 10 unpublished haiku, not submitted for publication or to any other contest.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 haiku that they have seen before.

Submissions: Submit each haiku on three separate 3" x 5" cards, two with the haiku only (for anonymous judging), the third with the haiku and the author's name, address, phone number and/or email address in the upper left-hand corner. Please designate as "haiku." Haiku not submitted on 3" x 5" cards will not be accepted. Please type or write each haiku legibly in ink. Failure to follow this format may result in disqualification without notice.

Entry fee: $1 per haiku for members, $2 per haiku for nonmembers, U.S. funds only. Please make checks/money orders payable to "Haiku Society of America."

Submit entries and fees to:

Harold G. Henderson Award for Best Unpublished Haiku
c/o Sari Grandstaff
1457 Glasco Turnpike
Saugerties, NY 12477

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

Awards: First Prize, $150; Second Prize, $100; Third Prize, $50. Winning haiku will be published in Frogpond and on the HSA Web site.

Rights: All rights revert to the authors after publication.

Correspondence: Sorry, entries cannot be returned. Please send an SASE (No. 10 size envelope only) for a list of the winning entries. Please note that SASEs with insufficient postage will not be mailed. One envelope per contest.

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

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The Annual Gerald Brady Memorial Awards 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: In hand by July 31, 2014. 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.

Regulations: Up to 10 unpublished senryu, not submitted for publication or to 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 web sites is not considered publication. Judges will be asked to disqualify any senryu that they have seen before.

Submissions: Submit each senryu on three separate 3" x 5" cards, two with the senryu only (for anonymous judging), the third with the haiku and the author's name, address, phone number and/or e-mail address in the upper left-hand corner. Please designate as "senryu." Senryu not submitted on 3" x 5" cards will not be accepted. Please type or write each senryu legibly in ink. Failure to follow this format may result in disqualification without notice.

Entry fee: $1 per senryu for members, $2 per senryu for nonmembers, U.S. funds only. Please make checks/money orders payable to "Haiku Society of America." Submit entries and fees to:

Gerald Brady Memorial Award for Best Unpublished Senryu
c/o Sari Grandstaff
1457 Glasco Turnpike
Saugerties, NY 12477

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

Awards: First Prize, $100; Second Prize, $75; Third Prize, $50. Winning haiku will be published in Frogpond and on the HSA Web site.

Rights: All rights revert to the authors after publication.

Correspondence: Sorry, entries cannot be returned. Pleases send an SASE (No. 10 size envelope only) for a list of the winning entries. Please note that SASEs with insufficient postage will not be mailed. One envelope per contest.

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

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HSA Contest for Best Unpublished Haibun

Deadline: In hand by July 31, 2014. 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.

Regulations: Up to three unpublished haibun, of no more than 1,000 words, not submitted for publication or to 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 haibun that they have seen before.

Submissions: Submit each haibun on three separate 8.5" x 11" or A4-size sheets of paper, two with the haibun only (for anonymous judging), the third with the haibun and the author's name, address, phone number and/or email address in the upper left-hand corner. Please designate as "haibun." Please type or write each haibun legibly in ink. Failure to follow this format may result in disqualification without notice.

Entry fee: $3 per haibun for members, $5 per haibun for nonmembers, U.S. funds only. Please make checks/money orders payable to "Haiku Society of America." Submit entries and fees to:

HSA Contest for Best Unpublished Haibun
c/o Sari Grandstaff
1457 Glasco Turnpike
Saugerties, NY 12477

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

Awards: First Prize, $100; 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.

Correspondence: Sorry, entries cannot be returned. Pleases send an SASE (No. 10 size envelope only) for a list of the winning entries. Please note that SASEs with insufficient postage will not be mailed. One envelope per contest.

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

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The HSA Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Competition

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

Deadline: In hand by February 28, 2014. 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: For this contest a renku format will be prescribed each year. The 2014 contest calls for 36-link kasen renga.

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 renku 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.

Submissions: One copy, with full authorship information, stanza by stanza, must give the full name and address of all authors, and indicate the coordinator (to whom any correspondence will be addressed). This "identified" manuscript must be signed by all authors or other definite confirmations such as hard copies of email confirmations of permission from each author should be included with the entry. Two additional copies, without authors' names but marked with numbers or letters to show the sequence of authorship, must accompany the identified manuscript. Failure to follow this format makes it impossible to judge an entry and could result in disqualification without notification.

Entry fee: The entry fee has been waived for the current year contest.

Submit entries and fees to:

Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Competition
c/o Sari Grandstaff
1457 Glasco Turnpike
Saugerties, NY 12477

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

Awards: Grand Prize: Up to $150 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 lesser prizes may or may not be published in Frogpond and on the HSA website.

Correspondence: Sorry, entries cannot be returned. Please send an SASE (#10 envelope only) for a list of winning entries. Please note the need for sufficient postage. One envelope per contest.

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 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 cosponsors the contest, provides judges, and publishes the results in Frogpond and on the HSA Web site.

Deadline: In hand by March 25, 2014. Entries received after that date will not be accepted.

Eligibility: Any student in grades 7 through 12 enrolled in school as of September 2014 may enter.

Regulations: Submit up to three haiku per student. All haiku must be previously unpublished, original work, and not entered in any other contest or submitted elsewhere for publication. Please follow the guidelines carefully. 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 haiku that they have seen before.

Submissions: Each haiku must be on three separate 3" x 5" cards. The haiku must appear on the front of each card; your name, address, age, grade level, and school (please include the school address) must appear on the back of (only) one of the cards for each haiku. Please do not send self-addressed stamped envelope with your entries. All winners will be notified. Winning haiku and commentaries will appear in Frogpond. Do not use staples for any purpose. Failure to follow this format will make it impossible to judge an entry and may result in the disqualification of a submission without notification.

Entry fee: None.

Submit entries to:

Tony Virgilio
Nick Virgilio Haiku Association
1092 Niagara Rd
Camden, NJ 08104-2859

Adjudication: Judges named by the HSA.

Awards: Six haiku will be selected and each awarded $50. The winning haiku and list of winners will be published in Frogpond and on the HSA Web site. The high school of each student winner will receive a one-year subscription to Frogpond.

Rights: All rights revert to the authors after publication.

Correspondence: Please keep a copy of your haiku; entries cannot be returned.

To see an anthology of past winners, visit the Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition Collection.

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

The first place HSA Merit Book Award is 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 2013 copyright date should be submitted by March 31, 2014.

Eligibility: The award is open to the public. Books must have been published in 2013 and must clearly contain a printed 2013 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). 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 Mildred Kanterman Memorial 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:

Mike Montreuil
1409 Bortolotti Crescent
Ottawa, Ontario
K1B 5C1   Canada

If you have questions email: <mikemontreuil@sympatico.ca>.

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

Awards: $500 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third. The first place award money is made possible by the generosity of Leroy Kanterman in memory of his wife Mildred. The list of winners will be published in Frogpond and 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 Mildred Kanterman Merit Book Awards.

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Museum of Haiku Literature Awards

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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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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