Haiku Society of America Contests & Awards

Annual Contests for 2024

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
     --> 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 Students in Grades 7-12

     --> 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These awards were originally made possible by Mrs.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: July 31, 2024

HSA Haiku Award Contest: opens June 1 closes July 31, 2024.

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Regulations: Up to 5 unpublished haiku, not submitted for publication or to any other contest.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

Submission Process for The Annual Harold G. Henderson Award for Best Unpublished Haiku:

1. With payment of a flat entry fee of $5 for HSA members or $7 for non-members, you may enter up to five haiku. Enter as often as you like during the submission window.

HSA Haiku Entry Paypal Payment Button:

Member or Non-Member?
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2. After making your payment by Paypal, you will receive an email receipt of payment. Enter the Transaction ID number along with your other information into this Google form:

<Haiku Contest Submission>.

If you do not have a Paypal account, you may send a check to the address below, noting "HSA haiku contest" on the check. In the Google form, in place of the Transaction ID, note "check sent."

Snail Mail Process (available for HSA members, and only if you do not have access to email):

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

2. Type your 5 haiku (or fewer) entries with your full name and postal address all on one page.

3. Send your check and entries to:

Gary Hotham
10460 Stansfield Road
Scaggsville, MD 20723
USA

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.

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To see the award haiku for 2023 and the judges' commentary:

HSA Haiku Awards 2023

See the entire collection of past award haiku:

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: July 31, 2024

HSA Senryu Award Contest: opens June 1 closes July 31, 2024.

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.

Submission Process for The Annual Gerald Brady Memorial Awards for Best Unpublished Senryu:

1. With payment of a flat entry fee of $5 for HSA members or $7 for non-members, you may enter up to five senryu. Enter as often as you like during the submission window.

HSA Senryu Entry Paypal Payment Button:

Member or Non-Member?

2. After making your payment by Paypal, you will receive an email receipt of payment. Enter the Transaction ID number along with your other information into this Google form:

<Senryu Contest Submission>.

If you do not have a Paypal account, you may send a check to the address below, noting "HSA senryu contest" on the check. In the Google form, in place of the Transaction ID, note "check sent."

Snail Mail Process (available for HSA members, and only if you do not have access to email):

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

2. Type your 5 (or fewer) entries with your full name and postal address all on one page.

3. Send your check and entries to:

Gary Hotham
10460 Stansfield Road
Scaggsville, MD 20723
USA

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

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

Rights: All rights revert to the authors after publication.

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To see the award senryu for 2023 and the judges' commentary:

HSA Senryu Award 2023

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: July 31, 2024

HSA Haibun Award Contest: opens June 1 closes July 31, 2024.

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, including the haiku it contains. 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 or containing haiku they have seen before.

Submission Process for the HSA Contest for Best Unpublished Haibun

1. With payment of a flat entry fee of $5 for HSA members or $7 for non-members, you may enter up to three haibun. Enter as often as you like during the submission window.

HSA Haibun Entry Paypal Payment Button:

Member or Non-Member?

2. After making your payment by Paypal, you will receive an email receipt of payment. Enter the Transaction ID number along with your other information into this Google form:

<Haibun Contest Submission>

If you do not have a Paypal account, you may send a check to the address below, noting "HSA haibun contest" on the check. In the Google form, in place of the Transaction ID, note "check sent."

Snail Mail Process (available for HSA members only, and only if you do not have access to email):

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

2. Type your 3 (or fewer)  haibun entries, along with your full name and postal address on each page.

3. Send your check and entries to:

Gary Hotham
10460 Stansfield Road
Scaggsville, MD 20723
USA

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.

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To see the award haibun for 2023 and the judges' commentary:

HSA Haibun Awards 2023

See the entire collection of past award haibun:

HSA Haibun Competition Collection

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

Submission Period: April 1 - May 31, 2024. Rengay submissions are closed.

Entries received after May 31 will not be accepted.

Adjudication: The names of judges will be announced along with the winning entries.

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.

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2024 Rengay Awards

For an anthology of past winners, visit the Haiku Society of America Rengay Award Collection: HSA Rengay Competition Collection

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:
https://www.rengay.com/rengay-essays/learning-rengay/rengay-an-introduction

"Give Rengay A Try" by Michael Dylan Welch:
https://www.rengay.com/rengay-essays/learning-rengay/give-rengay-a-try

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

HSA Renku Award Contest: suspended until further notice.

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

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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:

Submissions are now closed for 2024

Deadline for submissions was March 27, 2024.
Entries received after that date will not be accepted.

See the 2024 award winning haiku!

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 of haiku published in a given year in the English language. 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.

See the listing of all awards for books published in 2023
at this page:

Merit Book Awards 2023

2024 HSA Merit Book Awards Judges' Commentaries
will be published at FROGPOND first, then on the web site.

Deadline:

HSA Merit Book Awards for next year: submit books by February 15, 2025.

Submission of haiku books published in 2024
may be submitted after January 1, 2025.

Haiku books published with a 2023 copyright date should be submitted between January 1, 2025 and by February 15, 2025. Please do not send any entries before 1 January 2025.

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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