for 2016-17 schedule please visit 2016-17 Schedule
HPNC Spring Meeting
Sunday, April 17 (1pm-5pm) at Fort Mason in San Francisco, the Gatehouse Room.
Featured reader: Sharon Pretti: Program Abigail Friedman (from Washington D.C.) "Reading Haiku Across Borders.
Join our meeting on the National Poetry Day!
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)
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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,Novato、Sharon Pretti
TANKA (Judge: Margaret Chula)
First Place: Chen-ou Liu
Second Place: Shrikaanth 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
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All entries must be original, unpublished, and not under consideration elsewhere.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 <email@example.com>. "2016 HPNC Rengay Contest" must appear in the subject line.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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.