Welcome to the Haiku Society of America web site

Christopher Herold and Patricia J. Machmiller
See the judges' commentary.

First Place

Perchance - Maine, USA

Yu Chang
Tom Clausen
Paul MacNeil
John Stevenson
Hilary Tann

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Second Place

Bay Nuts - California, USA

Roger Abe
Linda Papanicolaou
Carol Steele
J. Zimmerman

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The Annual Haiku Society of America Haiku Awards

These awards were originally made possible by Mrs. Harold G. Henderson in memory of Harold G. Henderson, cofounder the Haiku Society of America.

2022 HSA Haiku Awards & Judges Commentary

First Place “harvest festival” by Alison Woolpert

Second Place “nights drawing in” by Sean O’Connor

Third Place (tie) “empty vase” by Lorraine A Padden

Third Place (tie) “autumn pond” by Scott Mason

Honorable Mention “stalks of corn” by Alan S. Bridges

Honorable Mention “September twilight” by Julie Bloss Kelsey

Honorable Mention “where the fox kits” by Scott Mason

2022 Haiku Awards Judges
Kat Lehmann & Matthew Paul

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The Annual Haiku Society of America Senryu Awards

The Gerald Brady Memorial awards were first made possible with a donation by Virginia Brady Young in memory of her brother, Gerald Brady.

2022 HSA Senryu Awards & Judges Commentary
First Place “rocket’s red glare” by Joshua St. Claire

Second Place “kept overnight” by Eric Sundquist

Third Place “what she means” by Aaron Barry

Honorable Mention “carrion feeder” by Jim Chessing

Honorable Mention “we slip” by Chen-ou Liu

Honorable Mention “muscle memory” by Lorraine A Padden

Honorable Mention “tiger bones” by Corine Timmer

Honorable Mention “washing dishes” by David Watts

2022 Senryu Awards Judges 
Lithica Ann & Joshua Gage

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The Annual Haiku Society of America Haibun Awards

2022 HSA Haibun Awards & Judges Commentary
First Place “Tree of Fortunes” by J Hahn Doleman

Second Place “Mood Swing” by J Hahn Doleman

Third Place “Pippin” by Evan Vandermeer

Honorable Mention “A Church Organ Through Banana Leaves:
Island Poem” by Matthew Caretti

2022 Haibun Awards Judges
Jennifer Hambrick & Rich Youmans

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Haiku Society of America 2022
National Virtual Conference

the conference was Saturday, June 4 & Sunday, June 5, 2022

Most of the presentations at the 2022 HSA Virtual National Conference are now available on YouTube. Here are the links to each:

HSA Virtual Conference 2022

Please see all of the Haiku Society of America videos on YouTube:


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Here are two sample video presentations:

Agnes Eva Savich - Mining Your Past: Haiku from Childhood, Homeland, and Previous Writings

Childhood, cultural roots, early writings can all feed our modern haiku practice, when we delve into our own archives: old photographs, family history, and journals. Through the lens of my own childhood in Poland, cultural family traditions, and some early writings, I will show how one's own history and unique cultural memories act as source material for your current writing. Examples from other writers will support these concepts, as well as writing exercises in which you consider your own archives in these three areas for inspiration.

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13 Years of HAIKU CHRONICLES by Alan Pizzarelli and Donna Beaver

The hosts discuss the pioneering of the first haiku podcast and its global impact. This presentation includes excerpts from its most popular audio and video episodes, along with backstories of their creation and new episodes to come. This will be a formal 40 min. presentation with 10 min. Q&A.

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Support HSA with a Donation

The Haiku Society of America is a not-for-profit organization that is dependent on membership dues and much appreciated donations.

Friend: Up to $49
Donor: $50-$99
Sponsor: $100 or more

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The Haiku Society of America is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1968 to promote the writing and appreciation of haiku in English. The HSA has been meeting regularly since its inception and sponsors meetings, readings, publications and contests. The HSA has over 1000 members around the country and overseas. Membership is open to all readers, writers, and students of haiku. Join today.

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What? HSA Presents:

the Archive of
Frogpond Journal

Archive of Frogpond Journal

(all issues from 1978-2020)

Haiku Society of America is pleased to provide access to PDF copies of back issues of Frogpond. This includes all but the most recent issues published in the last two years.

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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.


HSA Merit Book Awards: submit books by February 15, 2023.

Books published with a 2022 copyright date should be submitted by February 15, 2023. Please do not send any entries before January 01, 2023. Send two copies.

See categories and guidelines at: hsa-contests.htm

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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:
opens for submissions - January 30, 2023
submissions deadline - March 27, 2023

See the
complete GUIDELINES for 2023 submissions


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See the web site sampler of
Frogpond 46.1, Winter 2023

Frogpond cover 45-3

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HSA Renku Award Contest is OPEN!

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

HSA Renku Award Contest:
Opens September 1, 2022
and closes October 31, 2022.


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

See our submission Instructions

HSA Renku Entry Guidelines


HSA Renku Award Contest: Any recognized form of renku may be submitted (to be specified with your submission).

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HSA 2022 Rengay Awards

The Haiku Society of America is pleased to announce the 2022 Rengay Awards in honor of Garry Gay.

1st Place:

An Extra Leaf
by Bryan Rickert & Terri L. French

2nd Place:

by Billie Dee & Neena Singh

3rd Place:

In the Expanse
by Kristen Lang & Lorraine Haig

see the
See the 2022 Award-winning Rengay

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Haiku Society of America 2022
Merit Book Awards

The Haiku Society of America is pleased to announce the 2022 Merit Book Awards.


First Place: John Stevenson, My Red: Selected Haiku of John Stevenson, Brooks Books, 2021.

Second Place: Edward Cody Huddleston, Wildflowers in a Vase, Red Moon Press, 2021.

Third Place: Tia Haynes and Jonathan Roman, After Amen: A Memoir in Two Voices, Published by the authors, 2021.

Honorable Mentions:

Rebecca Lilly, Aporia, Red Moon Press, 2021.

John Martone, A Landscape in Pieces, Tufo, 2021.

Bill Pauly, Walking Uneven Ground: Selected Haiku of Bill Pauly, Brooks Books, 2021.

Michele Root-Bernstein, Wind Rose, Snapshot Press, 2021.

see the
Complete List of 2022 Merit Book Awards

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