Experience The Thrill of Winning Haiku, Senryu, and Related Poetry Contests

Dear Followers and Readers,

Results are in for the winners of the 2015 contests sponsored by the Haiku Society of America. I will post them below, as I coordinated the contests as Second Vice President of the HSA.

Before you send in your 2016 entries, please realize that the 2016 contest instructions are changing, so do NOT submit your entries, which are open to the public, until those 2016 instructions are posted on the HSA website, http://www.hsa-haiku.org. They will be posted in January.

I will be resigning from the HSA as a volunteer soon, so someone else will be coordinating these contests in 2016.

Since you do not need to be a member of the HSA to enter the contests, that is why I am publicizing the contests on my blog, and I hope you will enter. It’s always a thrill for winners to find out they’ve won contests that they so thoughtfully entered and planned for.

Please read below for the results of our 2015 contests: haibun, senryu, haiku, and the haiku contest for students. We were fortunate to have high-quality entries and exceptional judges/ haiku poets who took tremendous care and time to do their very best during the process.

We are grateful for the work of Judges Marjorie Buettner, Marsh Muirhead, Gayle Bull, Jerry Cushman, George Dorsty, Tom Painting, Aubrie Cox, and Michael Rehling. Their continued support of the HSA is tremendous, and we are very proud to have them as loyal members. (You can read some of their haiku and senryu on The Daily Haiku on this blog.)

Our renku contest was cancelled due to insufficient entries. Nonetheless, we’d like to thank Kristen Deming and Ellen Compton for graciously accepting the task of judging.


 HSA Contest for Best Unpublished Haibun

 Co-Judges: Marjorie Buettner, Chisago City, MN and Marsh Muirhead, Bemidji, MN

First Place: Michele Root-Bernstein, East Lansing, MI

Second Place: Rebecca Lilly, Port Republic, VA

Third Place:  Renée Owen, Sebastopol, CA

Honorable Mentions–No Particular Order

• Margaret Chula, Portland, OR

Beverly Acuff Momoi, Mountain View, CA

• Rich Youmans, North Falmouth, MA



The Annual Gerald Brady Memorial Awards for Best Unpublished Senryu

Co-Judges: Gayle Bull, Mineral Point, WI and Jerry Cushman, Victor, NY

 First Place: paul m., Bristol, RI,

Second Place: Jay Friedenberg, New York, NY

Third Place: Margaret Chula, Portland, OR



The Annual Harold G. Henderson Awards for Best Unpublished Haiku

Co-Judges: George Dorsty, Yorktown, VA and Tom Painting, Atlanta, GA

First Place: Debbie Strange, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Second Place: Scott Mason, Chappaqua, NY

Third Place: Renée Owen, Sebastopol, CA

Honorable Mentions (No Particular Order)

Kevin Goldstein-Jackson,  Dorset, England

Michele Root-Bernstein, East Lansing, MI

Joe McKeon, Strongsville, OH



Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition for Grades 7-12

 Co Judges: Aubrie Cox, Knoxville, TN and Michael Rehling, Presque Isle, MI

• Elena Bonvicini, Grade 10

Sage Hill School, Newport Coast, CA

•  Maggie George, Grade 11

Sprayberry High School, Marietta, GA

• Catharine Malzahn, Grade 10

Sage Hill School,  Newport Coast, CA

• Kian Etedali, Grade 12

Sage Hill School, Newport Coast, CA

• Claire Reardon., Grade 12

St. Ignatius College Prep, Chicago, IL

• Sophie Sadd, Grade 8

The Paideia School,  Atlanta, GA


If you need to brush up on your haiku and senryu skills, please read my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. It has helped many people successfully write and publish haiku and senryu, the latter, human nature poems in the haiku form that are often humorous.

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Best of luck to all of you!

Copyright 2015 by Charlotte Digregorio.

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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