Haiku 2011 Competition Guidelines
As a memorial to
Editor Bob Spiess, who died on March 13, 2002, Modern
Haiku sponsors The Robert Spiess Memorial Award
Theme: Haiku are to be written in the spirit of the
following Speculation (Robert Spiess, A Year’s Speculations
on Haiku, Modern Haiku Press, 1995):
help to make our senses more alive to sounds, and
colors, to textures and odors."
Deadline: March 13,
The competition is open to everyone but the staff of
Modern Haiku, the competition coordinator, and the
judges. Entries must be in English. Each entry must be the
original, unpublished work of the author, and should not be
under consideration in a contest or for publication
elsewhere. For purposes of this competition, appearance of a
haiku in an Internet journal, a Web site, or a blog is
considered publication, but posting haiku on a private
e-mail list is not. Of course, entries should not be shared
in an Internet journal, Web site, blog, or haiku list during
the term of the competition.
Submission guidelines: Poets may submit a maximum of
five haiku written in the spirit of the above Speculation.
Entries should be typed or printed legibly. Submit three
copies of each haiku on plain white 3 x 5 cards or paper.
The haiku (one haiku per card) should appear on the face of
each card. The poet’s name, mailing address, telephone
number, and e-mail address (if any) should appear on one of
the three cards, in the upper left-hand corner above the
haiku; the other two copies should contain only the haiku.
Please keep a copy of your submission; entries will not be
returned. Please follow the instructions carefully: entries
that are incomplete or that do not comply with the
instructions will be discarded.
Entry fee: $1 per haiku, cash or check (U.S. funds);
make checks payable to Modern Haiku.
Send submissions to: Billie Wilson, 1170 Fritz Cove Road,
Juneau, AK 99801-8501 USA.
Adjudication: Two judges will be selected by
Modern Haiku; their names will be announced at the
time of the awards. Judging will be double-blind, and the
judges will not know the identity of the entrants. Judges’
decisions are final.
Selection criteria: The judges will look for
entries that hew to Western norms for haiku as published in
Modern Haiku and other leading
English-language haiku journals and that best capture the
spirit of the theme Speculation above. There are no rules as
to syllable or line count.
Awards: First Prize: $100 plus a previously-loved
copy of The Heron’s Legs (1966, out of print;
copy #328 of 335). Second Prize: $50 plus a copy of Bob’s
The Shape of Water (1982); Third Prize: $25 plus
a copy of Bob’s Some Sticks and Pebbles
(2001). Up to five poets will be awarded Honorable Mentions
and each will receive a copy of Bob’s A Year’s
Speculations on Haiku (1995).
Notification: Winners will be notified by e-mail or
phone before the general announcement. Winning entries will
be published in the summer 2011 issue of Modern Haiku
and posted on the Modern Haiku Web site, <http://www.modernhaiku.org/>
on or before July 1, 2011. If you would like a list of the
winners, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope
(SASE) with your entries. Overseas entrants should provide
one IRC or one U.S. dollar in cash with a self-addressed
envelope. These will be mailed when the summer issue of
Modern Haiku is released.