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Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards for 2023

James Chessing and Sondra J. Byrnes, judges
of the best books published in 2022
see the judges commentary


First Place

Where Rain Would Stay: The Haiku Poetry of Peggy Willis Lyles, Edited by John Barlow & Ferris Gilli, Snapshot Press, 2022

Second Place

Peter Newton. Glide Path. Winchester, VA; Red Moon Press, 2022

Third Place

John Hawkhead. Bone Moon. Uxbridge, UK; Alba Publishing, 2022

Honorable Mentions (not ranked but in alphabetical order by author)

Brad Bennett, A Box of Feathers, Red Moon Press, 2022

Bill Cooper. Rounded by the Sea. Winchester, VA; Red Moon Press

Bruce H. Feingold, Everything with an Asterisk, Red Moon Press, 2022

Aaron Barry, Eggplants & Teardrops: A Haiku Collection, 2022

See the complete listing of all awards as well as the 2023 judges commentary at this page: Merit Book Awards 2023.

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HSA Virgilio Memorial Student Haiku Awards for 2023

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

The judges for the 2023 competition were Erin Castaldi and Scott Mason. See the web page of comments from the judges. Here are the winning haiku:

held in winter branches
a fading moon's
broken light

Almila Dükel — Grade 12, Mugla, Turkey


wind-brushed pond
light breaks through
dragonfly wings

Almila Dükel — Grade 12, Mugla, Turkey


kingfisher chatter
in the wind
her tousled hair

Grace Keil-Vai — Grade 9, Pago Pago, American Samoa


farmer's wagon
dust settles
till dawn

Elsa Krol — Grade 8, Pennsylvania, USA


Rosh Hashanah
her apple cake recipe
scribbled in German

Rachel Morrison — Grade 8, Georgia, USA


night without clouds
she holds the moonlight

Mingyuan Wu — Grade 12, Colorado, US

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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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Haiku Society of America Contests
Now Open!

HSA Haiku Award Contest
opens June 1 closes July 31.

HSA Senryu Award Contest
opens June 1 closes July 31.

HSA Haibun Award Contest
opens June 1 closes July 31.


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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Call for submissions for the 2023 Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology

HSA Members Anthology Submissions Now Open

Submission period: April 1- May 15, 2023. Submissions are due in hand by midnight CST, May 15, 2023.

The editor for 2023 is Allyson Whipple.

The theme for 2023 is elements. Poets are encouraged to take a broad view of the theme.

Any original haiku/senryu, unpublished or published are most welcome. Please do not submit tanka, renku, haibun, or haiga. Please send in up to five of your best poems. The deadline is 11:59 pm Pacific time on May 15th.

Submissions should be included in the body of your email. Use the subject line [2023 Anthology - Your Name]. Please send all submissions to allyson@allysonwhipple.com.

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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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See the web site sampler of
Frogpond 46.1, Winter 2023

Frogpond cover 45-3

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