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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: February 28, 2018
• Nicholas Virgilio Haiku and Senryu Contest: March 25, 2018
• Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards: February 15, 2018
• Haiku Society of America Haibun Contest: July 31, 2018
• Harold G. Henderson Haiku Contest: July 31, 2018
• Gerald Brady Senryu Contest: July 31, 2018


 

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

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

Haiku Society of America 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The Annual Harold G. Henderson Awards for Best Unpublished Haiku

These awards were originally made possible by Mrs.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: The 2018 Henderson Haiku Contest will accept submissions from May 15 to July 31, 2018.

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.

Complete information about submission will be posted on this website in mid-May.

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The Annual Gerald Brady Memorial Awards for Best Unpublished Senryu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: The 2018 Brady Senryu Contest will accept submissions from May 15 to July 31, 2018.

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.

Complete information about submission will be posted on this website in mid-May.

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: The 2018 HSA Haibun Contest will accept submissions from May 15 to July 31, 2018.

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.

Complete information about submission will be posted on this website in mid-May.

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: February 28, 2018.

The 2018 Einbond Renku Contest will accept submissions from January 5 to February 28, 2018. 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 2018 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.

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>

Submission Instructions:

1. 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).

2. This "identified" manuscript must be accompanied by a Declaration of Consent that states that “The writers of [renku name] give our consent that it will be entered in the HSA Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Competition; and further consent that, should it win a prize, it can be published in Frogpond.”

3. A second/additional copy, without authors' names but marked with numbers or letters to show the sequence of authorship, must accompany the identified manuscript.

4. Failure to follow this format makes it impossible to judge an entry and could result in disqualification without notification.

The HSA Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Competition

1. Up to three renku may be entered with a payment of a single flat entry fee of $5 for HSA members or $7 for non-members.

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Member or Non-Member?

2. After making your payment by Paypal, you will receive an email receipt of payment. Click “Forward” on your receipt email, add your 3 (or fewer) entries, and send your receipt with your entries to the Renku Award Contest Coordinator at

<einbondrenkuaward@gmail.com>.

Please include your full name and postal address in your receipt email submission. Submit your work in the body of the email (preferred) or as an attached Word file. Please do not submit a PDF which contains both identified and unidentified renku.

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 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 2018 
Virgilio Memorial Haiku and Senryu Competition 
are open from the second week of January to March 25, 2018.

Deadline: March 25, 2018.

See our web page on:
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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Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards for Excellence in Published Haiku, Translation, and Criticism

The first place HSA Merit Book 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 2017 copyright date should be submitted by February 15, 2018.

Eligibility: The award is open to the public. Books must have been published in 2017 and must clearly contain a printed 2017 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 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: $500 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 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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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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