Contest Guidelines for the San Francisco International Competition for Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, Rengay and (new in 2021!) Haibun

 

Sponsored by the Haiku Poets of Northern California

 
Deadlines
Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka: October 31, 2021 
Rengay: January 31, 2021
Haibun: May 1, 2021

See guidelines listed separately below

 
San Francisco International Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka Contest


Deadline

In hand by October 31, 2021

 

Entry Fee

 

$1 per poem

 

Details

All entries must be original, unpublished, and not under consideration elsewhere.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 category. For the haiku contests, second and third prizes of $50 and $25 will be awarded. Honorable mentions will be awarded at each judge’s discretion.

 

Contest results will be announced at the first HPNC meeting in January 2022, and the top three winning poems will appear in Mariposa. The full results, including judges' comments and honorable mentions, will be published on the HPNC website. 

 

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 judges (who will remain anonymous until after the competition).

 

Submission Guidelines

As of 2021, submissions are by email only; however, so as not to exclude anyone wishing to enter, if you are unable to send your entry via email, please contact the coordinator and an accommodation will be made for you.  

 

Please send submissions of haiku, senryu, and/or tanka in a single email to contest coordinator J Hahn Doleman (dolemanjeff@gmail.com). In the subject line, type: HPNC Contest 2021, your name, the date. At the top of your email, type: your name, address, phone number, email, and the PayPal transaction ID number for your entry fee (see below). 

 

Type or paste poems directly into the body of your email; no attachments will be opened. Identify each poem or group of poems as haiku, senryu, or tanka. 

 

Please send payment for the number of poems you are submitting ($1 per poem) via PayPal to HPNC (hpncadmin@gmail.com). In the 'Add a Note' section, type: 2021 Contest Entry Fee. Locate the PayPal transaction ID number and include it with your email submission.

San Francisco International Rengay Contest

Deadline 

 

In hand, January 31, 2021

Entry Fee

$5 per rengay

Details

All entries must be original, unpublished, and not under consideration elsewhere.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. Second and Third place rengay will also be selected, but monetary awards will not be given other than for first place. Honorable mentions will be awarded at each judge’s discretion.

 

Contest results will be announced at the HPNC meeting in April. The top three rengay will appear in Mariposa, and the full results, including judges' comments and honorable mentions (if any), will be posted on the HPNC website. 

 

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 judges (who will remain anonymous until after the competition).

 

Online submission guidelines for rengay: Please send all submissions of rengay in a single email to Fay Aoyagi (fayaoyagi@gmail.com).  In the subject line, type: HPNC Rengay 2020, your name. Please send two copies as attachment. Include full authorship information, stanza by stanza, as well as all poets' names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses and PayPal transaction ID number for your entry fee (see below) on one copy only. On the other copy, mark stanzas with letters only (poet A, poet B, poet C) to indicate the sequence of authorship.

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.

Please send payment for the number of rengay you are submitting ($5 per rengay) via PayPal to HPNC (hpncadmin@gmail.com). In the 'Add a Note' section, type: 2020 Rengay Contest Entry Fee. Locate the PayPal transaction ID number and include it with your email submission (see above). 

Standard postal submissions for rengay: 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 Lew Watts. Send rengay submissions to HPNC, c/o Fay Aoyagi, 930 Pine St. #105, San Francisco CA 94108.

Make checks or money orders payable in U.S. dollars to "Haiku Poets of Northern California (HPNC)." Cash (in U.S. currency) is okay. 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.

Printable Rengay Forms

A printable rengay form for both two-person and three-person rengay is also available under the Contest tab or by clicking the following link: Rengay PDF

Inaugural San Francisco International Haibun Contest

 

Deadline​

 

May 1st, 2021

 

Entry Fee

 

$5 for 1-3 haibun

 

Details

 

All entries must be original, unpublished, and not under consideration elsewhere.

 

The winning haibun will receive a $100 grand prize. Second and third place rankings will also be awarded (no prize money), and at the discretion of the judge/s, an unspecified number of haibun will receive honorable mention awards (no prize money and no ranking). 

 

Haibun with multiple authors will be considered a single entry for each author, and in the case of such a haibun receiving any recognition, the authors will share that prize or award. 

 

Contest results will be announced at the summer HPNC meeting on July 18, 2021. The winning haibun will appear in Mariposa, and the full results, including judges' comments, will be posted on the HPNC website. 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 judges (who will remain anonymous until after the competition). The contest is conducted in a "double-blind" manner, meaning the identities of both the judge/s and the entrants are withheld until the results are announced.

 

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are by email only; however, so as not to exclude anyone wishing to enter, if you are unable to send your entry via email, please contact the coordinator and an accommodation will be made for you. 

 

Send all submissions in a single email to the contest coordinator, J Hahn Doleman (dolemanjeff@gmail.com). In the subject line, please type: HPNC Haibun Contest 2021, your name, the date. At the top of your email, type: your name, address, phone number, email, and the PayPal transaction ID number for your entry fee (see below). 

 

Type or paste haibun directly into the body of your email; no attachments will be opened. Identify any haibun with multiple authors, and provide names of each. 

 

Please send payment of $5 via PayPal to HPNC (hpncadmin@gmail.com). In the 'Add a Note' section, type: 2021 Haibun Contest Entry Fee. Locate the PayPal transaction ID number and include it with your email submission.

Coordinators

If you have any questions, please contact by e-mail: J Hahn Doleman (dolemanjeff@gmail.com) for haiku, senryu, tanka, and haibun; or Fay Aoyagi (fayaoyagi@gmail.com) for rengay.

 

Thank you for participating in this year's contest!