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Judges' Commentary for
the Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition


Judges' Commentary for 2019

2019 Nicholas A. Virgilio Haiku & Senryu Competition
Awards for Grades 7 – 12


Brad Bennett
Hannah Mahoney

This year 2,835 poems were submitted by 1,033 poets to the 2019 Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku and Senryu Competition for grades 7-12. Poems were submitted by students from 46 states and 9 countries. The judges for this year's contest were Brad Bennett and Hannah Mahoney. The poems and the judges’ commentary will be published in the next issue of Frogpond and on the HSA website.

Congratulations to the winning poets and their teachers!

Comments from the judges are forthcoming.

Brad Bennett and Hannah Mahoney

year's end
the smell of gunpowder

Spencer Hollberg, Grade 8
Atlanta, GA


sliding home
the familiar taste
of Georgia red clay

Lucas Tangpricha, Grade 7
Atlanta, GA


mountain road
the high-pitched sounds
of spring peepers

Lilly Margolis, Grade 7
Atlanta, GA


fence hole
the cat with a nicked ear
slips through

James Propst, Grade 8
Atlanta, GA


twist by twist
knot by knot
mother braids my hair

Lilly Margolis, Grade 7
Atlanta, GA


spring fever
back to
the chemo ward

Vlad-Sergiu Ciobîcă, Grade 12



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About our judges:

Brad Bennett


Hannah Mahoney




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