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HPNC Fall Meeting

*Sunday, October 4 (1pm - 5pm) at Fort Mason in San Francisco, Bldg C, Room C205-

Garry Gay leads a rengay writing workshop. Our featured reader will be Renée Owen, accompanied by musician Brian Foster on shakuhachi, mandolin & harmonica. Also an open mic reading of haiku, a brief business meeting, book sales & refreshments. All are welcome to join us,   


                  2015 San Francisco International Competition

Haiku, Senryu, Tanka and Rengay

Sponsored by: Haiku Poets of Northern California

Deadline for Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka: In hand, October 31, 2015

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All entries must be original, unpublished, and not under consideration elsewhere.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 in each of the four categories. For the Haiku contests, second and third prizes of $50 and $25 will be awarded. Contest results will be announced at the first HPNC meeting in January and in the HPNC Newsletter. Winning poems will be published in the Spring/Summer issue of Mariposa, the membership journal of the HPNC. All rights revert to authors after the contest results are announced. This contest is open to all except the HPNC president and, for their respective categories, the contest coordinators and the judges (who will remain anonymous until after the competition, except rengay contest).


Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka Submission Guidelines

Type or print each entry on two 3 x 5 cards. In the upper left corner of each card identify its category as Haiku, Senryu, or Tanka. On the back of one card only, print your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (optional). The entry fee is $1.00 per poem. Send haiku, senryu and tanka submissions, along with entry fee, to HPNC, c/o Carolyne Rohrig, 37966 Parkmont Dr., Fremont, CA 94536.


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. The entry fee is $5.00 per rengay. The rengay judge will be announced later. Send rengay submissions to HPNC, c/o Fay Aoyagi, 930 Pine St. #105, San Francisco CA 94108.


Entry Fees

Make checks or money orders payable in U.S. dollars to "Haiku Poets of Northern California (HPNC)." Cash (in U.S. currency) is OK. Enclose a business-size SASE (U.S. first class postage or an IRC) 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.


Thank you for participating in this year's contest.

If you have any questions, please contact by e-mail

Carolyne Rohrig (carolyne.rohrig@gmail.com)  for Haiku, Senryu, Tanka

Fay Aoyagi (fayaoyagi@gmail.com) for Rengay



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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