Find Everything You Need to Know About Haiku

If you want to learn the fun art of writing haiku, first join the Haiku Society of America, a not-for-profit organization to promote the appreciation and writing of haiku in the English Language.

I enclose information about HSA’s programs, contests, publications, anthology, and other activities that it sponsors each year.

As HSA Midwest Regional Coordinator, I have met many members to network with throughout the country and to share my love of haiku.

At the end of each day, I read haiku and write one before I go to sleep. No matter what kind of day I have had, I can end it on a good note with haiku. I am at peace.

In the Midwest Region, we hold about five meetings a year, mostly in the Chicago area. Join us for the fun! Our Midwest meetings are free and open to the public.

The Haiku Society of America is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1968 by Harold G. Henderson and Leroy Kanterman. Membership is open to all readers, writers, translators, and students of haiku.

As of December 2010, the society’s 2010 membership totaled 663 national and international members. The society’s journal, “Frogpond,” which features work by HSA members and others, as well as articles and book reviews, has been published since 1978. The HSA also publishes a newsletter, “Ripples,” containing reports of the society’s national meetings and news of regional, national, and international events and activities.

The HSA maintains a website at http://www.hsa-haiku.org, including regional information at http://www.hsa-haiku.org/regions/regions.htm.

The HSA also has a Facebook page. The HSA’s official archives are maintained at the California State Library at the American Haiku Archives, which has a website at http://www.americanhaikuarchives.org/.

Quarterly Meetings

In 2011, HSA Quarterly Meetings will be held as follows:

March 25–27 San Diego, California
June 3–5 Bend, Oregon
September 17 New York, New York
December 2–4 Baltimore, Maryland

HSA Membership Dues and Frogpond Subscription

Membership in the Haiku Society of America includes a year’s subscription to the society’s journal, Frogpond (three issues yearly). In addition, members receive the newsletter, Ripples (three issues yearly), the annual information sheet, and an annual address/email list of HSA members.

Membership dues are $33.00 for the U.S.; $35.00 for Canada and Mexico; $45.00 for all other areas; $30.00 for seniors (age 65 and above) or full-time students in North America.

Please note that membership is for a calendar year, from January 1 to December 31. Members are strongly encouraged to join in January and renew during the fall months for the upcoming year. Members joining during the course of the year will receive all previous mailings for that year.

Please send dues to the secretary at the address below. Make checks/money orders payable to “Haiku Society of America.”

Canadian and overseas members: Checks in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank, or a bank with an affiliate in the United States, are acceptable. Otherwise, please send Canadian or international postal money orders in U.S. funds. All postal money orders should be made payable to “Haiku Society of America.”

Harold G. Henderson Contest for Best Unpublished Haiku

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

Deadline: In hand by August 31, 2011. Entries received after this date will not be accepted.

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 10 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.

Submissions: Submit each haiku on three separate 3˝ x 5˝ cards, two with the haiku only (for anonymous judging), the third with the haiku and the author’s name, address, phone number and/or email address in the upper left-hand corner. Please designate as “haiku.” Haiku not submitted on 3˝ x 5˝ cards will not be accepted. Please type or write each haiku legibly in ink. Failure to follow this format may result in disqualification without notice.

Entry fee: $1 per haiku for members, $2 per haiku for nonmembers, U.S. funds only. Please make checks/money orders payable to “Haiku Society of America.”

Submit entries and fees to: Henderson Haiku Contest, c/o John Stevenson, PO Box 31, Nassau, NY 12123 USA.

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

Awards: First Prize, $150; Second Prize, $100; Third Prize, $50. Winning haiku will be published in Frogpond and on the HSA website.

Rights: All rights revert to the authors after publication.

Correspondence: Sorry, entries cannot be returned. Please send an SASE (#10-size envelope only) for a list of the winning entries. Please note that SASEs with insufficient postage will not be mailed. One envelope per contest. Haiku Society of America Information

Gerald Brady Memorial Contest for Best Unpublished Senryu

The Gerald Brady Memorial awards were first made possible by a starter fund donated by Virginia Brady Young in memory of her brother, Gerald Brady.
Deadline: In hand by August 31, 2011. Entries received after this date will not be accepted.

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 10 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 websites is not considered publication. Judges will be asked to disqualify any senryu that they have seen before.

Submissions: Submit each senryu on three separate 3˝ x 5˝ cards, two with the senryu only (for anonymous judging), the third with the senryu and the author’s name, address, phone number and/or email address in the upper left-hand corner. Please designate as “senryu.” Senryu not submitted on 3˝ x 5˝ cards will not be accepted. Please type or write each senryu legibly in ink. Failure to follow this format may result in disqualification without notice.
Entry fee: $1 per senryu for members, $2 per senryu for nonmembers, U.S. funds only. Please make checks/money orders payable to “Haiku Society of America.”

Submit entries and fees to: Brady Senryu Contest, c/o John Stevenson, PO Box 31, Nassau, NY 12123 USA.
Adjudication: The names of the judge(s) will be announced after the contest.

Awards: First Prize, $100; Second Prize, $75; Third Prize, $50. Winning senryu will be published in Frogpond and on the HSA website.

Rights: All rights revert to the authors after publication.

Correspondence: Sorry, entries cannot be returned. Pleases send an SASE (#10-size envelope only) for a list of the winning entries. Please note that SASEs with insufficient postage will not be mailed. One envelope per contest.

HSA Contest for Best Unpublished Haibun

This HSA contest is new for 2011. We encourage members to help us publicize this contest, which promotes prose mixed with haiku.

Deadline: In hand by August 31, 2011. Entries received after this date will not be accepted.

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. 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 senryu that they have seen before.

Submissions: Submit each haibun on three separate 8.5˝ x 11˝ or A4-size sheets of paper, two with the haibun only (for anonymous judging), the third with the haibun and the author’s name, address, phone number and/or email address in the upper left-hand corner. Please designate as “haibun.” Please type or write each haibun legibly in ink. Failure to follow this format may result in disqualification without notice.
Entry fee: $3 per haibun for members, $5 per haibun for nonmembers, U.S. funds only. Please make checks/money orders payable to “Haiku Society of America.”

Submit entries and fees to: HSA Haibun Contest, c/o John Stevenson, PO Box 31, Nassau, NY 12123 USA.

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

Awards: First Prize, $100; Second and Third Prize, no prize money. Winning haibun will be published in Frogpond and on the HSA website.

Rights: All rights revert to the authors after publication.

Correspondence: Sorry, entries cannot be returned. Pleases send an SASE (#10-size envelope only) for a list of the winning entries. Please note that SASEs with insufficient postage will not be mailed. One envelope per contest.

Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Contest

The Haiku Society of America sponsors this annual award for renku of 36, 20, or 12 stanzas.
Deadline: In hand by February 28, 2011 (and February 29, 2012). Entries received after this date will not be accepted.

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. No entries will be accepted that include work by any of the judges.

Regulations: For the purpose of this contest, a renku may consist of 36, 20, or 12 stanzas (kasen, nijūin, or junicho forms) written by two or more persons, each of whom contributes a substantial number of individually authored stanzas. Any particular author may appear in no more than three different renku entered. Entries must be in English. Entries must not have been previously published, nor contain any stanzas previously published, submitted for publication, nor entered in 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 link that they have seen before.

Submissions: One copy, with full authorship information, stanza by stanza, must give the full name and address of all authors, and indicate the coordinator (to whom any correspondence will be addressed). This “identified” manuscript must be signed by all authors or other definite confirmations such as hard copies of email confirmations of permission from each author should be included with the entry. Three additional copies, without authors’ names but marked with numbers or letters to show the sequence of authorship, must accompany the identified manuscript. Failure to follow this format makes it impossible to judge an entry and could result in disqualification without notification.

Entry fee: $10 per renku (no single participant may participate in more than three submitted renku). Please make checks/money orders payable to “Haiku Society of America.”

Submit entries and fees to: Einbond Renku Contest, c/o John Stevenson, PO Box 31, Nassau, NY 12123 USA.

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

Awards: Grand Prize: Up to $150 and publication in Frogpond and on the HSA website. All rights revert to authors on publication. Amount of Grand Prize and additional prizes may vary, depending on the quality and number of entries. If no renku is deemed by the judges to be worthy of the Grand Prize, renku awarded lesser prizes may or may not be published in Frogpond and on the HSA website.

Correspondence: Sorry, entries cannot be returned. Please send an SASE (#10-size envelope only) for a list of winning entries. Please note the need for sufficient postage. One envelope per contest.

Note: Prospective contestants may wish to review the “Report of the Renku Contest Committee” published in Frogpond XIII:2 (May 1990) for background on the contest and renku in general. For information on the two shorter forms, please refer to the article “Shorter Renku” published in Frogpond XVII:4 (winter 1994), or the updated version of it at http://renku.home.att.net/shorter_renku.html.

Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Contest for Grades 7–12

Founded by the Sacred Heart Church in Camden, NJ, and 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 cosponsors the contest, provides judges, and publishes the results in Frogpond and on the HSA website.

Deadline: In hand by March 25, 2011. Entries received after this date will not be accepted.

Eligibility: Any student in grades 7 through 12 enrolled in school as of September 2010 may enter.
Regulations: Submit up to three haiku per student. All haiku must be previously unpublished, original work, and not entered in any other contest or submitted elsewhere for publication. Please follow the guidelines carefully. 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.

Submissions: Each haiku must be typed in triplicate on 3˝ x 5˝ cards. The haiku must appear on the front of each card; your name, address, age, grade level, and school (please include the school address) must appear on the back of (only) one of the cards for each haiku. Please do not send self-addressed stamped envelope with your entries. All winners will be notified. Winning haiku and commentaries will appear in Frogpond. Do not use staples for any purpose. Failure to follow this format will make it impossible to judge an entry and may result in the disqualification of a submission without notification.

Entry fee: None.

Submit entries to: Tony Virgilio, Nick Virgilio Haiku Association, 1092 Niagara Rd, Camden, NJ 08104-2859 USA.

Adjudication: Judges named by the HSA.

Awards: Six haiku will be selected and each awarded $50. The winning haiku and list of winners will be published in Frogpond and on the HSA website. The high school of each student winner will receive a one-year subscription to Frogpond.

Rights: All rights revert to the authors after publication.

Correspondence: Please keep a copy of your haiku; entries cannot be returned. Haiku Society of America Information

Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Awards for Excellence in Published Haiku, Translation, and Criticism

This award is made possible by Leroy Kanterman, cofounder of the Haiku Society of America, in memory of his wife Mildred Kanterman.

Deadline: In hand by March 31, 2011 (please do not submit or nominate books before January 1, 2011).

Eligibility: The award is open to the public. Books must have been published in 2010 and must clearly contain a printed 2010 copyright. A member, author, or publisher may submit or nominate more than one title. At least 50 percent of the book must be haiku, senryu, or haibun, or prose about these subjects (books mostly of tanka, for example, are not eligible). Books published by HSA officers are eligible for this award. Books published by the national HSA organization, however, are not eligible.

Submissions: The HSA encourages members, authors, and publishers to proactively submit or nominate eligible books, not only so the judge(s) will consider them, but also so that the HSA can add these books to the permanent HSA Archives in the American Haiku Archives at the California State Library. Please send two copies of each book, noting them to be Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Award entries. Authors or publishers should contact the first vice president before the deadline to ascertain that books have been received. In addition, authors and publishers are encouraged to communicate with each other so that duplicate entries are not submitted.

Entry fee: None; however, donations to offset costs are welcome. If including a donation, please make checks/money orders payable to “Haiku Society of America.”

Submit entries to: Michael Dylan Welch, HSA First Vice President, Kanterman Award, 22230 NE 28th Place, Sammamish, WA 98074-6408 USA. If you have questions, email welchm@aol.com.

Adjudication: The names of the judge(s) will be announced after the awards are decided.

Awards: $500 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third. The first place award money is made possible by the generosity of Leroy Kanterman in memory of his wife Mildred. The list of winners will be published in Frogpond and on the HSA website.
Rights: Books submitted become the property of the HSA, and one copy will be deposited in the permanent HSA Archives in the American Haiku Archives at the California State Library.

Museum of Haiku Literature Awards

This award is a gift of the Museum of Haiku Literature in Tokyo. A single best-of-issue haiku in each issue of Frogpond will be awarded a cash prize of $100. 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 website.

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.americanhaiku archives.org/ (click the How to Donate option).

Annual Members’ Anthology Guidelines

Each year the Haiku Society of America publishes an anthology of haiku and senryu by members, edited and produced by an editor or coeditors appointed by the executive committee. Members who submit work are guaranteed to have one poem selected for publication. The editor for 2011 is to be announced.

Deadline: In hand by June 30, 2011.

Theme: To be announced.

Eligibility: All HSA members.

Submissions: Submit five unpublished or previously published haiku and/or senryu. Poets new to these genres should submit ten poems to provide a better selection. For each previously published poem, if submitted, please include the name of the publication, volume, issue, and year (poems should not have appeared in any other anthology). Submit all poems, typed, on the same sheet of paper (or two sheets for ten poems), and include your name, address, and phone number (and email, if applicable) on each sheet. Include your email address or a self-addressed, stamped envelope (or with an International Reply Coupon for overseas submissions) for notification of which poem is selected. Submissions must be made by postal mail only (no email submissions). Members submitting work are guaranteed to have one poem selected for publication.

Book Orders: Preordering a copy of the anthology is not required for inclusion, but is encouraged to help offset costs. Price per copy $14 U.S. postpaid in North America (add $4 postage elsewhere) Make checks/money orders payable to “Haiku Society of America” (payment must accompany all orders).
Submit poems and payment to: To be announced, USA.

Frogpond Information and Guidelines

The journal Frogpond is an official publication of the Haiku Society of America. Its primary function is to publish the best in contemporary English-language haiku and senryu, linked forms including sequences, renku, rengay, and haibun, essays and articles on these forms, and book reviews. The magazine, published three times a year, is copyrighted by the HSA. Prior rights are retained by the authors, and all rights to new material revert to the authors upon publication. The journal takes no responsibility for research errors, failure to acknowledge sources, or copyright infringement in the work of its contributors, nor does it assume responsibility for the views of contributors (including HSA officers) whose work is published in Frogpond.

Subscription: A subscription to Frogpond is included in the HSA annual membership dues. Changes of address and requests for information should be directed to the HSA secretary.

Back issues: $10 each U.S./Canada, $14 each overseas. All prices are in U.S. currency. Cost includes mailing. Make checks/money orders payable to “Haiku Society of America.” Send single copy and back issue orders to the editor.

Submissions: 1. Submissions from both members and nonmembers of HSA are welcome. 2. Submissions must be original, unpublished work that is not being considered elsewhere (poems posted to Twitter or Facebook are eligible for consideration, but not poems posted to blogs). 3. Submissions by email are preferred: a) they must be in the body of the email (no attachments); b) they must have this subject line: Frogpond Submission. 4. Submissions by post will receive a reply only if included are either: a) a self-addressed stamped envelope (with Canadian stamp), or b) a self-addressed envelope with one International Reply Coupon (IRC) for up to 30 grams; two IRCs for over 30 grams and up to 50 grams.

Guidelines for submissions to each issue: 1. No more than ten haiku and/or 2. No more than three haibun. 3. No more than three rengay or other short sequences. 4. No more than one renku or other long sequences. 5. No more than one essay. 6. No more than one book review.

Submission Periods: 1. February 15 to April 15 (spring/summer issue). 2. June 1 to August 1 (fall issue). 3. September 15 to November 15 (winter issue).

Submission addresses: gswede@ryerson.ca or George Swede, Box 279, Station P, Toronto, ON M5S 2S8 Canada.

Note to Publishers: Books for review can be sent at any time

For all membership correspondence, please write to:

The Haiku Society of America
c/o Angela Terry, Secretary
18036 49th Pl NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155-4314 USA

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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