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for 2016-17  schedule please visit 2016-17 Schedule

HPNC Summer Meeting

Sunday, July 17 (1pm-5pm)  at Fort Mason in San Francisco, Room C205, Building C

Fay Aoyagi will be our featured reader and Susan Antolin will present a talk on understatement in haiku.

HPNC Two Autumn Reading

Sunday, August 28  (1pm-5pm)  at Fort Mason in San Francisco, Room C205, Building C.

(Please note that the room changed to C205.)

This year's readers will be:

Michele Root-Bernstein

Robert Gilliland

June Hymas

Michael Sheffield


2016 San Francisco International Competition, Rengay Winners

First Place:   Weighing In

by Michael Dylan Welch and Sonja Arntzen

Second Place:   Lost

by Stephanie Baker, Sherry Barto and Chuck Brickley

Third Place:   Shared Umbrella

by David Terelinck and Beverley George

Honorable Mentions (not ranked)

No Escape by Julie Warther and Angela Terry

Underbelly by Beverley George and David Terelinck

(Judge:  Garry Gay)

Please click below for details:

2016 Rengay Results

2016 Rengay Contest Results (with Judge's Comments)


      2015 San Francisco International         Competition, Haiku, Tanka, Senryu                                             winners

HAIKU    (Judge: Ce Rosenow)

First Place and Third Place:  paul m

Second Place:  Julie Warther

Honorable Mentions:  Julie Warther, Joseph Robello,NovatoSharon Pretti


TANKA    (Judge: Margaret Chula)

First Place: Chen-ou Liu

Second PlaceShrikaanth Krishnamurthy

Third Place: Lesley Ann Swanson

Honorable Mentions:  Susan Burch, Donna Buck, Linda Jeanette Ward


SENRYU    (Judge: Carlos Colón)

First Place: Carolyn Hall

Second Place and Third Place: Julie Warthe

Honorable Mentions:  Tracy Davidson, Scott Mason, Renée Owen, Rich Krivcher

Go to 2015 Haiku Tanka Senryu contest results and 2015 Haiku Tanka Senryu contest results (with Judges' comments)for details.


 2016 San Francisco International Competition


Sponsored by: Haiku Poets of Northern California

Deadline for Rengay: In hand, January 31, 2016




All entries must be original, unpublished, and not under consideration elsewhere. There is no limit to the number of submissions. A first prize of $100 will be awarded. Contest results will be announced the April meeting (or earlier) and in the HPNC Newsletter. Winning poems will be published in Mariposa, the membership journal of HPNC. All rights revert to authors after the contest results are announced. This contest is open to all except the HPNC president, the contest coordinator, and the judge.


Rengay Submission Guidelines

All rengay must be titled. For two people (Poet A and Poet B) follow this linked format: 3 lines/Poet A, 2 lines/Poet B, 3/A, 3/B, 2/A, 3/B. For three poets (A, B, and C) the format is: 3 lines/A, 2 lines/B, 3 lines/C, 2/A, 3/B, 2/C. Type or print each rengay on three letter-size sheets. Include full authorship information, stanza by stanza, as well as all poets' names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses (optional) on one copy only. On the other two copies, mark stanzas with letters only (poet A, poet B, poet C) to indicate the sequence of authorship. Mail rengay submissions to HPNC, c/o Fay Aoyagi, 930 Pine St. #105, San Francisco CA 94108.  If all the participating poets live outside the United States, you may submit via e-mail to <fayaoyagi@gmail.com>.   "2016 HPNC Rengay Contest" must appear in the subject line.   



Entry Fees

The entry fee is $5.00 per rengay. Make checks or money orders payable in U.S. dollars to "Haiku Poets of Northern California (HPNC).” Cash (in U.S. currency) is OK. Overseas participants may pay via PayPal if all participants live outside of the U.S. (If your partner is a U.S. resident, this rule will not apply.) For PayPal payments, please add $1 ($6 per rengay) to cover the handling charge. Send PayPal payments to fayaoyagi@gmail.com, and please clearly indicate this is payment for the HPNC Rengay Contest.


Enclose a business-size SASE (U.S. first class postage, or enclose $1) for notification of contest winners. No entries will be returned, with the exception of late submissions, or those received without payment. These will be returned using your SASE; without an SASE these entries will be discarded.



The 2016 rengay judge is Garry Gay.



Thank you for participating in this year's contest.

If you have any questions, please contact

Fay Aoyagi at fayaoyagi[at]gmail.com


Membership Dues


HPNC dues for 2012 became due on January 1. Please go to How to become a member page.

Mariposa Submission Deadline

Mariposa is the membership journal of the Haiku Poets of Northern California.  It publishes haiku and senryu, as well as tanka, haibun, short linked verse and brief articles  (50-400 words).   Submissions for the twice-yearly issues are due in-hand March 1 and September 1.   

Go to Mariposa page more details.


The 26th Two Autumns Reading

Sunday, August 30, at Fort Mason, Building C, Room C260 in San Francisco.   

Readers:  Chuck Brickley, Beverly Acuff Momoi, Joan Zummerman, Kath Abela Wilson, and Rick Wilson.


HPNC Cherry Blossom Ginko

To see the details go to Cherry Blossom Ginko

March 20, 2011 (Sunday)



2010 Two Autumns reading
We had another excellent Two Autumns reading on August 22, 2010 at Fort Mason, San Francisco.  
Four readers from left:   Roberta Beary, Ebba Story, Victor Ortiz and Debbie Kolodji.
To see more details, please go to 2010 Two Autumns reading



HPNC participated in this year's Litquake, San Francisco's annual citywide literary festival. We read as part of the "Lit Crawl." We were also featured in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the city's free weekly newspaper, with a readership of 150,000. The feature is located here.

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