Spiess Memorial 2012 Haiku Awards
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):
three forms or manifestations: the written, which enters
the eye; the spoken, which enters the ear; and the
essential . . . which enters the heart." [Prompted in
part by a passage by Sa'in al-Din ibn Turkah.]
Deadline: In hand no
later than March 13, 2012
Rules: 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the original, unpublished work of the author, and should not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
Awards: First Prize: $100 plus a previously-loved copy of
The Heron’s Legs (1966, out of print; copy #19 of 335,
signed for "Rita and Vern"). 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
Notification: Winners will be notified by e-mail or phone
before the general announcement. Winning entries will be
published in the summer 2012 issue of Modern Haiku and
posted on the Modern Haiku Web site, <http://www.modernhaiku.org/>,
on or before July 1, 2012. 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.
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