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As a service to the Haiku Society of America members, we are glad to post announcement and news related to haiku publications and haiku-related events. You must be a member of HSA to submit items, and limit your announcement to no more than 100 words. These announcements and publications are not endorsed by the HSA.

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Please submit your announcements by email to the Electronic Media Officer, Randy Brooks at <rbrooks@millikin.edu>.


2013 Member News & Announcements

Bruce Ross <dr_bruce_ross@hotmail.com> • November 7, 2013

Results of the Second Annual Bangor Haiku Group Autumn Moon Haiku Contest

There were over 100 submissions from 21 countries: Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Germany, India, Ireland, Kuwait, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mongolia, Montenagro, New Zealand, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Tasmania, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.

1st place, Erik Linzbach, Arizona, USA

a well worn mattock
leans against the shed
autumn moonlight

2nd place, Steven Clarkson, New Zealand

There is only
the cricket,
the autumn moon

3rd place, Amitava Dasgupta, Texas, USA

wish of a hungry man
autumn moon
a piece of bread

The ten Honorable Mentions in no particular order:

William Seltzer, Pennsylvania, USA
Andrius Luneckas, Lithuania
Daniela Lacramioara Capota, Romania
Tracy Davidson, United Kingdom
Anne LB Davidson, Maine, USA
Cezar-Florin Ciobica, Romania
Brad Bennett, Massachusetts, USA
Tuvshinaya Nergui, Mongolia
Marisa Fazio, Australia
Kirsty Karkow, Maine, USA

Howard Lee Kilby <hkilby@hotmail.com> • October 23, 2013

Haiku Hot Springs

The 17th annual haiku conference in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas will be held Friday and Saturday, November 1 -2, 2013 at the Arlington Hotel. There is no registration or admission fee. The public is cordially invited to attend. Jessica Tremblay of <http://www.oldpondcomics.com> Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Raffael de Gruttola of the Boston Haiku Society, and Dr. David Lanoue of the New Orleans Haiku Society will be the featured poets. Other poets will attend from Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee and Arkansas.
The conference hours will be 0900 - 1700 on both days. For information call 501.767.6096.

Stanford M. Forrester<bottlerockets_99@yahoo.com> • October 16, 2013

Bottle Rockets Press has published a new book: frog, stone buddha, and moon: a collection of 3 books by karma tenzing wangchuk. This book includes tenzing's modern classics 90 frogs and stone buddha plus his latest book moon rising. paperback/glossy cover with 3 original drawings by the poet/4"x5.75"/108 pp.

Price $10.00 add 3.00 shipping within the US (media mail), add 4.00 shipping to Canada or Mexico, add 6.00 shipping to Asia, Europe and beyond. Available from Stanford M. Forrester, P.O. Box 189, Windsor, CT 06095.

Cliff T. Roberts <Vanpire13@aol.com> • September 4, 2013

Fort Worth Haiku Society - Fall Haiku Contest

Submit entries to the FWHS Fall Haiku Contest by Oct. 15, 2013. Haiku of 5/7/5 or 17 syllables or less elgigble, as long as they are not just padded to make a syllable count and some reference to Fall, although you do not have to use the actual word "Fall". Members of FWHS or HSA can enter up to 5 haiku for $3 and non-members can enter up to 5 haiku for $10. Send 2 copies: 1 with no identification on it; the other with name, address, phone number and email, along with entry fee to:

Cliff T. Roberts
Fort Worth Haiku Society
5008 Flagstone Dr.
Sansom Park, TX 76114

or you can send via email to<Vanpire13@aol.com>.

Cliff is also accepting 1-5 frog haiku for 2013 Basho-ki 15th Anniversary. For more information, see:


Bruce Ross <dr_bruce_ross@hotmail.com> • September 4, 2013

The Bangor Haiku Group, Bangor, Maine, USA, is announcing its second annual autumn moon haiku contest. The full autumn moon, the subject of your haiku, is Friday, October 18, 2013. You may submit one haiku only, due October 31. Submit by email to Bruce Ross: <dr_bruce_ross@hotmail.com>. The subject line for your email is AUTUMN MOON HAIKU. The winner will recieve a sumi print and a monetery award. The haiku must be your original unpublished haiku. The contest is open to everyone. If not written in English, also include an English translation.

Michael Dylan Welch <welchm@aol.com> • June 4, 2013

2012 Kanterman Awards for best books published in 2011

The Haiku Society of America is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Kanterman Awards for best books published in 2011. Carolyn Hall and Christopher Patchel served as judges, and their selections for Kanterman Award winners and honorable mentions are as follows. Results with complete commentary from the judges will appear in Frogpond 36:2, Summer 2013. Congratulations to each of the following winners, and thank you to the judges.

Aubrie Cox <haigagourds@gmail.com> • June 3, 2013

A Hundred Gourds 2:3 is now online.

The seventh issue of A Hundred Gourds, a quarterly journal of haiku, haibun, haiga, tanka and renku poetry is now online at: <http://www.ahundredgourds.com/>. AHG 2.3 presents two features: ‘Haiku In India’, presented by Kala Ramesh and ‘From There to Here: Conversations with John E. Carley’, by AHG Renku Editor, William Sorlien.

The deadline for submissions to AHG 2.4 (the September issue) is June 15th. We have an open submissions policy. Submissions received after the deadline will be filed for consideration for the December issue. Please check our submissions page for details and editors’ guidelines.

Michael Dylan Welch <welchm@aol.com> • May 28, 2013

June 2013 HSA quarterly national meeting taking place in Seattle. For complete details see: <https://sites.google.com/site/haikunorthwest/meetings-1/hsa-national-meeting-2013>.

Charles Trumbull <trumbullc@comcast.net> • May 10, 2013

The winners of this year's Spiess Contest are now available with judges' comments on the Modern Haiku web site at: <http://www.modernhaiku.org/spiesscontest/spiessawards2013.html>.

The Southeast Chapter of The Haiku Society of America presents its 2nd Annual Ginko Haikufest: “gazing at flowers” in celebration of Koboyashi Issa’s 250th birthday.

Friday, October 25 - Sunday, October 27, 2013
Artmore Hotel - Atlanta, Georgia

Download a copy of the event flyer & registration form (PDF).

Leslie A. Rose <lesliea.rose1@gmail.com> • April 27, 2013

The 9th Annual Jerry Kilbride Memorial 2013 English-Language Haibun Contest sponsored by Central Valley Haiku Club invites entries due by December 1, 2013.

Submissions: All entries must be in English, unpublished, and not currently under consideration by any online or printed publication. Haibun that have appeared on social network sites are not considered published for the purposes of this contest. There is no limit to the number or length of any submissions. Submit three copies of each haibun, two (2) copies without author information attached for anonymous judging, one (1) copy with author’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address for notification purposes. A first prize of $100 and a second prize of $50 will be awarded. Honorable mention certificates also will be given. The entry fee of $5 (US) per haibun should be paid by check and made out to: Mark Hollingsworth (CVHC Treasurer). Correspondence: No entries will be returned. Please note that entries that fail to adhere to contest rules will be disqualified. Contestants will be notified by email.

Send entries to: Yvonne Cabalona, 709 Auburn Street, Modesto, CA  95350-6079. If you have further questions, please contact Yvonne Cabalona, <YCabalona@gmail.com>.

Lissa Kiernan <lkiernan@wmf.org> • April 10, 2013

World Monuments Fund is sponsoring a haiku contest in celebration of National Poetry Month. For more information see these web sites:



Dianne Garcia <garciadianne@hotmail.com> • April 10, 2013

Haiku Northwest’s 2013 Francine Porad Award for Haiku

Deadline: extended to September 9, 2013

Prizes: $100, $50, and $25. Publication on Washington Poets Association and Haiku Northwest websites. Winners announced at Haiku Northwest’s Seabeck Haiku Getaway, October 10–13, 2013.

Judge: Ce Rosenow Former president, Haiku Society of America; publisher, Mountains and Rivers Press.

Fees: $1 per poem (unlimited entries), cash or check or money order (U.S. funds payable to "Haiku Northwest.")

Submit: Your previously unpublished poems. 8.5x11-inch or A4 paper (multiple poems per sheet.) One copy of each sheet with your name, address, and email address; second copy without identification for anonymous judging. Mail to:

Porad Haiku Award
c/o Nancy Dahlberg
1757 NW 59th St. #301
Seattle, WA 98107 USA

David McMurray <mcmurray@int.iuk.ac.jp> • March 31, 2013

Canada Project magazine has issued a special issue which is a collection of essays and poems by David McMurray. Here's details of the publication:

McMurray, David. Canada Project Collected Essays and Poems, Volume 8, Canada Studies Centre in Kyusho at the Institute for Regional Studies, The International University of Kagoshima, Japan. Kagoshima, Japan: January 2013.

Copies are available for sale from:

Books Kinokuniya, The International University of Kagoshima Book Center
8-34-1 Sakanoue
Kagoshima-shi, 891-0197, Japan

for orders phone: <099-261-9951> or email: <ke00@kinokuniya.co.jp>

John Stevenson <ithacan@earthlink.net> • March 17, 2013

The Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Award

Indian summer
a turtle on a turtle
on a rock

Peggy Willis Lyles
Heron's Nest Award winner for Volume III, #10, December 2001

Isaac Newton reputedly claimed, “If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants.” By any measure, Peggy Willis Lyles was a giant presence in the world of English-language haiku during the last quarter of the twentieth century and the first decade of this century. Those who came to know and admire Peggy’s published work were enriched by the encounter. The scores of fortunate poets—from newcomers to veterans—who corresponded with Peggy at her “turtlerock” email address during her eight years as an editor with The Heron’s Nest were even more profoundly rewarded through their firsthand experience of her incisive intellect and her generous spirit. So I am proud to announce The Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Award, a special annual competition to celebrate Peggy’s life and to perpetuate her haiku legacy as both a master poet and an inspiring mentor.

This competition honoring our beloved colleague will be underwritten in its entirety by the editorial staff of The Heron’s Nest and a Friends of Peggy Willis Lyles Fund—there will be no fee to enter. The top three prizes will include cash awards, and all awarded poets will receive a volume of Peggy’s haiku. The First, Second and Third Place poets will each also be able to designate a library to receive a copy of To Hear the Rain, Peggy’s 2002 hardcover collection. Finally, the First Place finisher will receive the memento of a miniature crystal turtle, representative of Peggy’s haiku “totem.”

We are all very excited about this tribute to a truly wonderful person and one of the finest haiku poets of our time. Haiku poets worldwide are invited and encouraged to enter their best work; only the current staff of The Heron’s Nest and the contest judge (to be announced with the contest winners) are ineligible.

Here are the contest details:

Maximum number of haiku allowed: five (5) haiku in English
Judging criteria: the sole criterion will be excellence
Judge: to be identified with the winners
Entry fee: none
Eligibility: all haiku poets other than the staff of The Heron’s Nest, and the contest judge

First Place - $150 plus a copy of To Hear the Rain (as well as a copy to a library of the award winner’s choice) plus a miniature crystal turtle

Second Place - $75 plus a copy of To Hear the Rain (as well as a copy to a library of the award winner’s choice)

Third Place - $50 plus a copy of To Hear the Rain (as well as a copy to a library of the award winner’s choice)

Honorable Mention (up to five recipients) - a copy of phosphorescence, a softbound selection of Peggy’s work from Red Moon Press (part of its Postscript Series)

Deadline for entries: June 1, 2013

How to enter: By email to John Stevenson at <ithacan@earthlink.net> (put “Peggy Willis Lyles
Haiku Award” in the subject line; provide haiku in the body of the email only—attachments will not be opened; include your name and your location as you would like to see each listed) The submitted poems must neither be published; accepted for publication; nor under consideration by anyone other than us before we announce the contest results.

Announcement of results: July 31, 2013

Aubrie Cox <haigagourds@gmail.com> • March 1, 2013

The sixth issue of A Hundred Gourds, 2.2, a quarterly journal of haiku, haibun, haiga, tanka and renku poetry is now online at <http://www.ahundredgourds.com/>. Please note that AHG has a new url, as above. You may wish to replace the old url with the new one in your bookmarks.

Along with our regular haiku, haiga, haibun, renku and tanka sections, AHG 2.2  includes Susan Constable’s feature on Kozue Uzawa, tanka poet and founder and editor of the Canadian tanka journal, GUSTS. We are delighted to welcome Mathew Paul to the AHG team as the new Expositions Editor. Many of you will be familiar with Matthew’s reviews in the UK haiku journal, Presence, and others will have recently enjoyed his selections of Workers’ Haiku published in THF’s per diem.

The deadline for all submissions to AHG 2.3 (the June issue) is March 15th. Please check our submissions page for details and editors’ guidelines.

Bruce Ross <dr_bruce_ross@hotmail.com> • February 22, 2013

Bruce Ross is soliciting haiku for a North American section of a contemporary world haiku anthology. Please send 3 of your best haiku written between 2000 and 2013. Include in the body of your email your name, city and state or province, your 3 haiku, and an English translation if written in another language. If published, include the name of the journal. Send to: <dr_bruce_ross@hotmail.com> with a subject line “A Vast Sky” or mail to Bruce Ross, PMB 127, 499 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401, USA. Those chosen will be notified. Deadline: August 1, 2013.

Charlotte Digregorio, Midwest Regional Coordinator, <c-books@hotmail.com> • January 31, 2013

Details about the September HSA Meeting are now available on the web site.

Jean Jorgensen <jeananne@telusplanet.net> • January 23, 2013

A new anthology has been published by the Magpie Haiku and Tanka Poets of Alberta. The title of the anthology is called Weathered Wings: An Anthology of Poetry. The antholgy contains the work of 7 women haiku poets in a slender 73 pages and is available from Joanne Morcom at <morcom@telus.net> or from Jean Jorgensen by snail mail at:

Jean Anne Jorgensen
9633-68 A. st. N.W.
Edmonton, Alberta
T6B 1V3 Canada

For one copy please send a Canadian Money Order for $15.00 (includes postage and shipping).

Carolyn Hall <carolynhall.sf@gmail.com> • January 1, 2013

THE DOORS ALL UNLOCKED: haiku by Carolyn Hall has been published by Red Moon Press. It is available from Red Moon Press. Or you may order directly from the author.

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