Contest Guidelines for the San Francisco International Competition for Haiku, Senryu, Tanka and Rengay


Sponsored by: Haiku Poets of Northern California



Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka: In hand, October 31, 2020 

Rengay: In hand, January 31, 2021



All entries must be original, unpublished, and not under consideration elsewhere.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, HPNC’s membership journal. 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

Online submission guidelines: Please send all submissions of haiku, senryu, and/or tanka in a single email to Jeff ( In the subject line, type: HPNC Contest 2020, your name, the date. At the top of your email, type: your name, your address, phone number, 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 ( In the 'Add a Note' section, type: 2020 Contest Entry Fee. Locate the PayPal transaction ID number and include it with your email submission (see above). 


Standard postal submissions: 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 J Hahn Doleman, 165 Chattanooga Street 2, San Francisco, CA 94114. 


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 Seren Fargo. 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 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.



If you have any questions, please contact by e-mail: J Hahn Doleman ( for haiku, senryu, tanka; or Fay Aoyagi ( for rengay.


Winning poems and judges’ comments from prior years are online at

Thank you for participating in this year's contest!

To view results from past contests, please click on the year in the drop-down menu under "Contests" in the Menu above.

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