Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards
The Haiku Society of America sponsors this annual award for excellence in published haiku, translation, and criticism.
For details about the contest rules, see the description of the Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards.
Judged by Charles Trumbull and Neal Whitman
The Mildred Kanterman Memorial Book Award, First Place (tie)
Second place (tie)
Honorable mentions (unranked)
Judged by Deb Baker and Adelaide B. Shaw
Kanterman Award, First Place
Best Book of Haibun
Honorable Mention Essays
Honorable Mentions for Book Design & Aesthetics
Judged by Paul MacNeil and Paul Miller
Kanterman Award, First Place, $500 each
Second Place, $100
Third Place, $50
Special Award for Fiction
Judged by Carolyn Hall and Christopher Patchel
Kanterman Award, First Place, Tie $250 each
Second Place, $100
Third Place, $50
Best Design and Aesthetics
Best Book of Translation
Judged by Michael Dylan Welch (see commentary)
Kanterman Award, First Place, $500
Second Place, $100
Third Place, $50
Best Book of Haibun
Best Book of Translation
Best Book for Children
Special Award for Best Letterpress Book
Judged by Mike Dillon
Judged by an'ya and Cherie Hunter Day
First Place: “a wattle seedpod” – lorin ford
Second Place: “Empty Boathouse: Adirondack Haiku” – Madeleine Findlay Single Island Press, 379 State Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Third Place: “An Unknown Road” – Adelaide B. Shaw
Special Award for Anthology: “dandelion clocks” – edited by Roberta Beary and Ellen Compton, Haiku Society of America Members Anthology 2008. Available from HSA Treasurer, Paul Miller, 31 Seal Island Road, Bristol, RI 02809
Special Award for Themed Haiku Collection: “it has been many moons” S.B. Friedman, Lily Pool Press (Swamp Press). Copies available from S.B. Friedman: 119 Nevada St., San Francisco CA 94110-5722.
Special Award for Chapbook: “Distant Sounds” – Helen Russell
Special Award for Haibun: “contemporary haibun, Volume 9” – edited by Jim Kacian, Bruce Ross and Ken Jones, Red Moon Press, P.O. Box 2461, Winchester, VA 22604-1661
Special Award for Haiku Criticism and Theory: “Poems of Consciousness” – Richard Gilbert, Ph.D, Red Moon Press, P.O. Box 2461, Winchester, VA 22604-1661
Judged by George G. Dorsty, Virginia & Marie Summers, Missouri
Honorable Mention (tie):
Stumbles in Clover by Matt Morden: Snapshot Press, PO Box 132, Waterloo, Liverpool, U.K., L22 8WZ, 2007, 80 pp., ISBN 978-1-903543-23-8, 14 USD.
Missed Appointment by Gary Hotham: Lilliput Review, 282 Main St., Pittsburgh, PA , 15201, 2007, 22 pp., No ISBN, 3 USD.
Merit Book Awards for 2007 (for books published in 2006)
Ed Markowski & Yvonne Cabalona, Judges [2007 judges' comments]
First Place: Reeds: Contemporary Haiga edited by Jeanne Emrich
Second Place: Water Lines by Carolyn Hall (edited by John Barlow)
Third Place: called home by paul m.
Fourth Place: paperweight for nothing by vincent tripi
Special Category Honorable Mention For Haibun: Business in Eden by David Cobb
Special Category Honorable Mention for Anthology: fish in love edited by Roberta Beary and Ellen Compton
Special Category Honorable Mention for Best International Collaboration: Presents of Mind by Jim Kacian.
Merit Book Awards for 2006 (for books published in 2005)
Yu Chang and A.C. Missias, Judges [2006 judges' comments]
First Place & Winner of the Mildred Kanterman Memorial Award: Turn to the Earth by Peter Yovu. Saki Press, Normal, IL
Second Place (tie): Crumb Moves the Ant by Geri Barton. Saki Press, Normal, IL
Second Place (tie): Wild Again: Selected Haiku of Nina Wicker by Nina Wicker. Red Moon Press, Winchester, VA
Award for Best Anthology (tie): If I Met Basho by Patrick Gallagher, Pamela Miller Ness, Laurie W. Stoelting, and Karma Tenzing Wangchuk. Two Autumns Press
Award for Best Anthology (tie) : A New Resonance 4: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku edited by Jim Kacian and Dee Evetts. Red Moon Press, Winchester, VA
Best Serial Book: Tug of the Current: Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2004 edited by Jim Kacian et al. Red Moon Press, Winchester, VA
Merit Book Awards for 2005 (for books published in 2004)
Dean Summers and Ruth Yarrow, Judges [2005 judges' comments]
First Place: Quiet Enough by John Stevenson. Red Moon Press,Winchester, VA
Second Place: The Sweet Potato Sutra by Michael Fessler. Bottle Rockets Press, Wethersfield, CT
Third Place: Piano Practice by Tom Painting. Bottle Rockets Press, Wethersfield, CT
Award for Best Anthology: Edge of Light: the Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2003 edited by Jim Kacian and the Red Moon Press Editorial Staff. Red Moon Press, Winchester, VA
Honorable Mention for Haibun: My Journey by Lidia Rozmus. Deep North Press, Evanston, IL
Honorable Mention for Haiga: Reeds: Contemporary Haiga edited by Jeanne Emrich. Lone Egret Press, Edina, MN
Merit Book Awards for 2004 (for books published in 2003)
Kirsty Karkow and Edward J. Rielly, Judges [2004 judges' comments]
First Place: Puddle on the Ink Stone: Haiku and Other Short Poems by Carolyn Thomas. Cathedral City, CA
Second Place: Haiku for a Moonless Night, Volume 1 by An'ya. Natal*Light Press, Crooked River Ranch, OR
Third Place: Chrysanthemum Love by Faye Aoyagi. Blue Willow Press, San Francisco, CA
Award for Best Book of Criticism: Haiku: A Poet's Guide by Lee Gurga. Modern Haiku Press, Lincoln, IL
Award for Best Book of Haibun: Ascend with Care by William M. Ramsey. Leap Press, North Falmouth, MA
Award for Best Book of Linked Verse: A Spill of Apples: Tanrenga and Other Linked Verse by Carol Purington and Larry Kimmel. Winfred Press, Colrain, MA
Merit Book Awards for 2003 (for books published in 2002)
Michael Ketchek and Tom Painting, Judges [2003 judges' comments]
First Place: finding the way, by paul m. Typography by Michael Dylan Welch. Press Here (22230 NE 28th Place, Sammamish, WA 98074-6408
Highly Commended: Shadwell Hills, by Rebecca Lilly (Birch Brook Press, P.O. Box 81, Delhi, NY 13753) ISBN 0-913559-79-2, 72 pp., 5.5" x 8.5". $16.
Commended: To Hear the Rain: Selected Haiku of Peggy Lyles (Brooks Books, 3720 N.Woodridge Dr., Decatur IL 62526). ISBN 1-929820-03-8, 128 pp., 5.75" x 8.75". $22 .
This Wine, by William M. Ramsey (Evanston, Ill.: Deep North Press, 2002). Book designed by Lidia Rozmus; typography and layout by Charles Trumbull. 96 unnumbered pages, paperback, perfectbound, 4 1/2" x 8 1/4". Printed on fine wove paper with translucent flyleaves; two-color cover. ISBN 1-929116-08-X. $15.00 postpaid in North America from the author at 1217 Berkeley Ave, Florence, SC 29505-3008.
Award for Best Anthology: the loose thread: The Red Moon Anthology of English Language Haiku 2001, Jim Kacian, editor-in-chief (Red Moon Press; P.O. Box 2461, Winchester, VA 22504-1661; ISBN 1-893959-32-5, 160 pp., 5.5" 8.5". $19.95 ppd. email email@example.com
Highly Commended Anthologies: listening to the rain: an anthology of Christchurch haiku and haibun, edited by Cyril Childs and Joanna Preston, The Small White Teapot Haiku Group, 6 Ballantyne Avenue, Christchurch 4 New Zealand). ISBN 0-473-08339-6, 72 pp., 5.75" x 8".
The British Museum Haiku, edited by David Cobb (British Museum Press, 46 Bloomsbury St., London WC1B 3QQ). ISBN 0-7141-2401-X, 6.25" x 7.5".
Award for Best Book of Haibun: a delicate dance of wings, by Linda Jeannette Ward (Clinging Vine Press and Winfred Press; Clinging Vine Press, P.O. Box 231 Coinjock, NC 27923 and Winfred Press, 364 Wilson Hill Rd. Colrain, MA 01340). ISBN 0-9702457-4-2, 5.5" x 8.5". $11.
Merit Book Awards for 2002 (for books published in 2001)
Stanford M. Forrester and Bruce Kennedy, Judges [2002 judges' comments]
First Place: monk & i by vincent tripi. Preface by Cid Corman. Illustrations by David Kopitzke. Hummingbird Press. (P.O. Box 96, Richland, WI 53581) 64 pages. $12 postpaid.
Second Place: what's not there: selected haiku of Jeffrey Winke by Jeffrey Winke. Deep North Press. (2610 Central Park Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201) 88 pages. Paperback. $12.00.
Award for Best Translation (tie): Einstein's Century: Akito Arima's Haiku by Akito Arima, translated by Emiko Miyashita and Lee Gurga (Brooks Books) 128 pages, paperback. $18.50 ppd.
Tsuru by Yoshiko Yoshino, translated by Lee Gurga and Emiko Miyashita (Deep North Press) 116 pages, hardcover. $20.00 postpaid in North America from Charlie Trumbull, 2021 Harrison Street, Evanston, IL 60201.
Award for Best Criticism: The Nick of Time: Essays on Haiku Aesthetics by Paul O. Williams. Edited by Lee Gurga and Michael Dylan Welch. Press Here (P.O. Box 4014, Foster City, CA 94404) 112 pages. Paperback. $14.00 ppd.
Award for Best Anthology: A New Resonance 2: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku edited by Jim Kacian & Dee Evetts (Red Moon Press) (P.O. Box 2461, Winchester, VA 22504-1661) firstname.lastname@example.org 176 pages. Paperback. $14.95 (plus $3.00 postage).
Honorable Mentions for Anthologies: a glimpse of red: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku edited by Jim Kacian & the Red Moon Press Editorial Staff. Red Moon Press. (P.O. Box 2461, Winchester, VA 22504-1661) email@example.com 168 pages. Paperback. $14.95 (plus $3.00 postage).
Voices and Echoes edited by Carlos Colón. $8.00 U.S. & Canada, $9.00 elsewhere, postpaid from the editor at 185 Lynn Avenue, Shreveport, LA 711105.
Merit Book Awards 2001 (for books published in 2000)
Pamela Miller Ness and Karen Klein, Judges [2001 judges' comments]
First Place: to find the words, the Haiku Society of America Northwest Region Members' Anthology edited by Connie Hutchison
Second Place: A Path in the Garden, by Christopher Herold. Foreword by John Stevenson. Watercolors by Ruth Yarrow. Katsura Press, P.O. Box 275, Lake Oswego, OR 97034, $14.95. Katsura Press website: http://www.japanese-gardens-assoc.org/home/katsura.html
Third Place: forgotten war, by Ernest Berry, New Zealand; with Jerry Kilbride, USA. Published by Post Pressed, Queensland, Australia. Send orders to: Ernest J Berry, Box 272, Picton, New Zealand. $11 USA postpaid.
Special Category Honorable Mention for Haiga: Echoes in Sand, haiga drawings by Wilfred Croteau, haiku by Raffael de Gruttola, foreword and Japanese translations by Shokan Tadashi Kondo. Printed by Deo Tomas for piXeLaRt Press, Upton, MA. The portfolio sells for $250.00 which includes postage and handling. It can be ordered from Raffael de Gruttola, 4 Marshall Road, Natick, MA 01760.
Special Category Honorable Mention for Criticism: In Due Season: A discussion of the role of kigo in English-language haiku, (Acorn Supplement #1) A. C. Missias, editor. redfox press, PO Box 186, Philadelphia, PA 19105, $6.00. redfox press web site: http://home.earthlink.net/~missias/redfox.html
Special Category Honorable Mention for Tanka: Early Indigo, by Cherie Hunter Day. Snapshot Press, PO Box 132, Crosby, Liverpool, L23 8XS England. $13.00. The official Snapshot Press website can be found at: http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/
Special Category Honorable Mention for Haiku Novel: Haiku Guy, by David Lanoue. Soffietto Editions, Red Moon Press, PO Box 2461, Winchester, VA 22604-1661. $14.95. Email Jim Kacian at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Category Honorable Mention for First Book of Poetry: Light on the Mountain mt. Tamalpais a poet's view, by Laurie W. Stoelting. Illustrated by Kay F. Anderson, Eric and Laurie Stoelting. Published by Field Trips, printed on a Windmill at Swamp Press. Sewing by Smyth. Text paper acid-free, recycled Genesis; cover and flyleaf Crushed Leaf. Available for $15.00 postpaid from the author at 303 Holly Street, Mill Valley, CA 94941.
Merit Book Awards 2000 (for books published in 1999)
Tom Clausen and Ebba Story, Judges [2000 judges' comments]
First Place: Breath Marks, Haiku to Read in the Dark, by Gary Hotham
Second Place: Shadow Lines, by Margaret Chula and Rich Youmans
Third Place: School's Out, Selected Haiku,by Randy M. Brooks. Published by Press Here.
Across the Windharp, Collected and New Haiku, by Elizabeth Searle Lamb
Family Farm, Haiku for a Place of Moons, by Carol Purington. $12 postpaid. Orders can be sent to Carol Purington, 152 Wilson Hill Road, Colrain, MA, 01340; or to Winfred Press, 364 Wilson Hill Road, Colrain, MA, 01340.
the day i find, poems from a desert hermitage, by vincent tripi. $12.00 ppd. Order from Vincent tripi, 1725 Marion Avenue – Apt. 12 - I, Novato, CA 94945.
Outside Robins Sing, Selected Haiku, by Paul O. Williams. See the ordering information for Outside Robins Sing on the Brooks Books Poetry Books page.
Special Category Honorable Mentions for Haiku Anthologies:
The Haiku Anthology, Haiku and Senryu in English, Cor van den Heuvel, Editor
A New Resonance, Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku, Jim Kacian & Dee Evetts, Editors
Special Category Honorable Mentions for Haibun Anthologies:
Wedge of Light, Michael Dylan Welch, Cor van den Heuvel & Tom Lynch, Editors. Available from: Press Here, PO Box 4014, Foster City, CA 94404.
Oaspete strain / A Foreign Guest, a travel journal in haiku, rengay, renku and haibun, written and translated by Ion Codrescu. US $14 (cash or check). Available from the author: Ion Codrescu, Str. Soveja, Nr. 25, Bl. V2, Sc. B, Apt. 31, 8700 Constanta, Romania.