Haiku Society of America Contests & Awards

Annual Contests for 2021 - closed

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

Guidleines 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!

Haiku Society of America Haiku Award Guidelines
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Haiku Society of America Senryu Award Guidelines
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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These awards were originally made possible by Mrs.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:

HSA Haiku Award Contest: closed for 2021.
Opens June 1, 2022 and closes August 1, 2022.

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Regulations: Up to 5 unpublished haiku, not submitted for publication or to any other contest.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.

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 2021 and the judges' commentary:

HSA Haiku Awards 2021

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:

HSA Senryu Award Contest: closed for 2021.
Opens June 1, 2022 and closes August 1, 2022.

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.

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 2021 and the judges' commentary:

HSA Senryu Award 2021

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:

HSA Haiku Award Contest: closed for 2021.
Opens June 1, 2022 and closes August 1, 2022.

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.

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 2021 and the judges' commentary:

HSA Haibun Awards 2021

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:

HSA Rengay Award Contest: closed May 31, 2021.
Opens April 1, 2022 and closes May 1, 2022.

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.

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.

Deadline:

HSA Renku Award Contest: closed until further notice.

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.

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.

Here is the latest award winning renku with judges commentary:

HSA Renku Awards 2018

See the entire collection of past award renku:

HSA Renku Competition Collection

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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.

Virgilio Student Haiku Contest: closed for 2021.
Opens February 1, 2022 and closes March 15, 2022.

Submissions guideliens for 2022 will be posted in January 2022.

See 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

The purpose of the Haiku Society of America's Merit Book Awards is to recognize the best haiku and related books published in a given year. Every year sees a fresh crop of fine individual collections, anthologies, translations, critical studies and innovative forms. 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:

HSA Merit Book Awards: closed for 2020 books.
Opens January 1, 2022 for books published in 2021.

Please do not send any entries before January 1, 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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