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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:

• HSA Rengay Award Contest: May 31, 2020 - opens April 1, 2021
• HSA Haiku Award Contest: July 31, 2021 - opens June 1, 2021
• HSA Senryu Award Contest: July 31, 2021 - opens June 1, 2021
• HSA Haibun Award Contest: July 31, 2021 - opens June 1, 2021
• HSA Merit Book Awards: February 15, 2022 - (for 2021 books) - opens January 1, 2022
• HSA Renku Award Contest: April 30, 2020 - closed until further notice
• Nicholas Virgilio Student Haiku and Senryu Contest: March 22, 2021 - closed



 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Student Haiku & Senryu Competition
for Grades 7-12 Guidelines

     --> Prevoius Winners

Best of Issue Frogpond Award Guidelines
     --> Previous Winners



The Annual Haiku Society of America Haiku Award in honor of Harold G. Henderson

These awards were originally made possible by Mrs.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 HSA Haiku Award Contest is now closed for submissions. Opens June 1, 2021

Entries received after July 31, 2021 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Regulations: Up to 5 unpublished haiku, not submitted for publication or to any other contest.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.

Entry Process to be posted when contest opens.

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 the award senryu for 2020 and the judges' commentary:

HSA Haiku Awards 2020

See the entire collection of past award senryu:

HSA Haiku Competition Collection

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The Annual Haiku Society of America Senryu Award in memorial of Gerald Brady

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 HSA Senryu Award Contest is now closed for submissions. Opens June 1, 2021.

Entries received after July 31, 2021 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 5 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.

Entry Process to be posted when contest opens.

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 the award senryu for 2020 and the judges' commentary:

HSA Senryu Award 2020

See the entire collection of past award senryu:

HSA Senryu Competition Collection

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The Annual Haiku Society of America Haibun Award

Deadline: The 2020 HSA Haibun Award Contest is now closed for submissions. Opens June 1, 2021.

Entries received after July 31, 2021 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.

Entry Process to be posted when contest opens.

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

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

Rights: All rights revert to the authors after publication.

To see the award haibun for 2020 and the judges' commentary:

HSA Haibun Awards 2020

See the entire collection of past award senryu:

HSA Haibun Competition Collection

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The Annual Haiku Society of America Rengay Award in Honor of Garry Gay

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

Deadline: May 31, 2021. Submisions are welcome starting April 1.

The 2021 HSA Rengay Contest will accept submissions from April 1 to May 31, 2021. 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 2021 HSA Rengay Contest must be in either the two-person or three-person formats. Solo rengay will not be considered. Any particular author may appear in no more than three different rengay entered.

Entries must be in English. Entries must not have been previously published, nor contain any haiku or links previously published, submitted for publication, nor entered in any other contest. Entries must not have been previously published, contain any haiku or links previously published, submitted for publication, or entered in any other contest. 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.

Electronic Entry Fee & Submission Process for The HSA Rengay Contest:

1. With payment of a flat entry fee of $5 for HSA members or $7 for non-members for each rengay submitted. Remember, any particular author may appear in no more than three different rengay entered.

Paypal Payment Button:

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 rengay entry, and send your receipt with your entries to the Garry Gay Rengay Award Contest Coordinator at

<rengayaward@gmail.com>.

1. Please include your full name and postal address in your receipt email submission.

2. Type your rengay in the body of the email (do not attach any files to your email) with the authors noted by name or initial by each link.

3. Include a declaration of consent: "The writers of this rengay give our consent that it will be entered in the HSA Rengay Award Competition; and further consent that, should it win a prize, it can be published in Frogpond."

Snail Mail Process (available for HSA members only if you don't have email):

1. Write a check to “Haiku Society of America” with entry payment of $5.

2. Type your rengay entry with your full name and postal address. One rengay per page with the authors noted by name or initial by each link.

3. Include a declaration of consent: "The writers of this rengay give our consent that it will be entered in the HSA Rengay Award Competition; and further consent that, should it win a prize, it can be published in Frogpond."

Send your check and entry to the Rengay Contest Coordinator:

Chuck Brickley
254 N Mayfair Ave
Daly City, CA 94015

Adjudication: The 2021 judges are Jacquie Pearce and John Thompson.

Judge Bios:

Jacquie Pearce is an award-winning haiku poet and children’s book author. Her co-written rengay have appeared in several journals and anthologies, including Frogpond, Hedgerow, Blithe Spirit, Tandem, and a hole in the light (Red Moon Press 2018). Jacquie is the editor of Last Train Home, an anthology of haiku, tanka, and rengay on the theme of train travel (Pondhawk Press 2021).

John Thompson started writing rengay the day after Garry Gay invented it. Since then he has written hundreds of rengay, published three books of rengay (including the first published rengay book, Hammerhorn Lake Rengay, co-authored by Garry Gay & Michael Dylan Welch), taught rengay workshops, judged rengay contests and coordinated several HPNC Rengay Contests. To this day John remains an enthusiastic exponent of the “six pack of haiku” linked verse form that has nurtured so much poetic dialogue in the haiku world.

Awards: First Prize, $200; Second Prize, $150; Third Prize, $100. 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 Haiku Society of America Rengay Award Collection:

HSA Rengay Competition Collection

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The Annual Haiku Society of America Renku Award in memorial of Bernard Lionel Einbond

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

HSA has decided to postpone the HSA Renku Award competition during this year of the continuing pandemic. Our sincerest apologies to anyone who was preparing to enter their work into the contest this year. Hopefully by 2022, renku poets will be gathering together with renewed enthusiasm to practice their beloved art in the manner they are accustomed to, face to face, and the HSA Renku Award competition can resume.

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:

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

Awards: First Prize, $200; Second Prize, $150; Third Prize, $100. All rights revert to authors on publication.

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 Student Haiku and Senryu Competition for Grades 7-12

Founded by the Sacred Heart Church in Camden, NJ, and co-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 is also a co-sponor of the contest, providing judges, and publishing the results in Frogpond and on the HSA Web site.

Submissions for the 2021 
Virgilio Memorial Student Haiku and Senryu Competition 
is now closed for submissions

(deadline was March 22, 2021)

See the
The 2021 Award Winning Haiku

To see an anthology of previous winners including the 2021 awards:

Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial
Student Haiku and Senryu Competition Collection

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The Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards

In the past, the HSA Merit Book awards were partially supported by a memorial gift. Leroy Kanterman, cofounder of the Haiku Society of America, made a gift to support the first place award in memory of his wife Mildred Kanterman. See the archives of Merit Book Awards.

Deadline: Books published with a 2021 copyright date should be submitted by February 15, 2022. Please do not send any entries before 1 January 2022.

Eligibility: The award is open to the public. Books must have been published in 2021 and must clearly contain a printed 2021 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 Best of Issue Frogpond Award Sponsored by the Museum of Haiku Literature

This award is sponsored by 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 Best of Issue Frogpond Award Collection.

 

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