The Haiku Foundation, as part
of its mission to expand opportunities for writers of
English-language haiku, has created the HaikuNow! National
Haiku Contests for 2010. The first contest, for poets of any
age or experience,
opens in early January and runs through the end of March.
Prizes will be awarded for English-language haiku in three
categories: traditional, contemporary and innovative.
Descriptions and examples of such poems may be found in the
How to Submit section below. Results will be announced during
April, National Poetry Month, on this web site.
First-prize winners in each category will receive $100.
Honorable mentions will receive $25. All winning poems will be
featured on The Haiku Foundation web site and permanently
We will have five pre-selectors and two final judges: Billy
Collins and Jim Kacian.
Billy Collins is the final judge for haiku in the Traditional
category. He served as U. S. Poet Laureate from 2001-2003 and
has been called “The most popular poet in America,” (New York
Times). His book of haiku, She Was Just Seventeen, was
published by Modern Haiku Press in 2006. He is Distinguished
Professor of English at Lehman College (CUNY). See
Jim Kacian is the final judge for haiku in the Contemporary
and Innovative categories. He is the founder of The Haiku
Foundation and the author of 15 books of haiku. See
Contest opens: January 6, 2010.
submission: In hand by March 31, 2010.
Contest results: Winners will be announced during National
Poetry Month, April 2010, on The Haiku Foundation web site
Who can enter: Anyone (other than Officers, Associates and
Board Members of The Haiku Foundation, and their immediate
families) may enter.
Fees: None. Free for all contestants.
Basic criteria: All haiku must be in English and must meet the
criteria for the appropriate category, as described below. All
poems must be the original, unpublished work of the submitter.
How to Submit
Each person can submit no more than one poem per category, for
a total of three poems. All entries must be submitted using
the online forms available from this page. See the entry forms
and example poems for the following categories:
Traditional Category, judged by Billy Collins
Contemporary Category, judged by Jim Kacian
Innovative Category, judged by Jim Kacian
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