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Francine Porad Award (2004– )

First held in 2004, the annual haiku award is named for Francine Porad (1929–2006), founder of Haiku Northwest, president of the Haiku Society of America, and editor for eight years of Brussels Sprout, an international journal of haiku and art. The contest typically attracts several hundred entries from around the world, awards cash prizes for three winning entries, and selects three or four honorable mentions.


Note: “Porad Haiku Award,” a full history of the contest and its forerunners, is available on the Haiku Northwest website: “Porad Haiku Award.” This Haikupedia listing is derived in large measure from the website.

Contest Procedures and Regulations

Note: The general information in this section is derived from “2023 Porad Award,” the contest announcement on the Haiku Northwest website. Current procedures and regulations are regularly updated and should be consulted by anyone planning to enter the contest.

Eligibility: The Porad contest is open to everyone—Haiku Northwest members and nonmembers alike—except Haiku Northwest officers, the Contest Coordinator, and the Judge.

Submissions must be original and previously unpublished work. Poems posted on social media websites, web pages, blogs, etc., are considered published and so are not eligible.

Content restrictions: There are no prescriptions or restrictions on syllable count, format, season words, or subjects for haiku or senryu entered in the contest.

Submissions may be made using the online form (preferred) or by email. Be sure to check the website for detailed instructions on submission procedures, especially by email.

Submission period: typically mid-July through the end of August.

Entry Fees: $5.00 for one entry (one entry may be one to five haiku by one person), in U.S. funds. Payment may be made via PayPal (preferred) or by postal mail (contact the Contest Coordinator to submit and pay by postal mail).

Prizes: $100 for First Place, $50 for Second Place, and $25 for Third Place, plus Honorable Mentions.

Adjudication: One judge is appointed by Haiku Northwest and announced in advance of the competition.

Announcement and publication of results: Contest winners are announced at Haiku Northwest’s annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway, and a trifold flier with contest result is prepared for distribution to Haiku Northwest members and others. Results, including the judges’ commentaries, are published and archived on the Haiku Northwest website . The winning haiku from the contests from 2018 through 2023 have been featured in short YouTube videos by Michael Dylan Welch, who also prepared a video retrospective of the first 20 years of the awards..


20th Francine Porad Award, 2023

JudgeBillie Wilson
Contest CoordinatorAngela Terry
Number of entries573 from 118 poets in 11 countries
First Place ($100)Frank Hooven,
Morrisville, Pennsylvania
Navajo canyon
a pinyon pine
the shape of the wind
Second Place ($50)Terri L. French,
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
summer solstice
a jar of marbles
collecting sunlight
Third Place ($25)Lesley Anne Swanson,
Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
seedless watermelon summer’s end
Honorable Mention
(3, unranked)
P. H. Fischer,
Vancouver, British Columbia
vernal equinox
braiding her hair
with birdsong
Michele Rule,
Kelowna, British Columbia
spring salmon
the old man dropping lines
from his boat
Frank Hooven,
Morrisville, Pennsylvania
wagging tail
the length
of a vet bill

19th Francine Porad Award, 2022

JudgeLenard D. Moore
Contest CoordinatorMichelle Schaefer
Number of entries534 from 109 poets in 10 countries
First Place ($100)Jay Friedenberg,
Tuckahoe, New York
wind-blown snow
the drift of static
across a TV screen
Second Place ($50)Janice Doppler,
Easthampton, Massachusetts
her soft voice
in a sacred space …
autumn mist
Third Place ($25)Edward Cody Huddleston,
Baxley, Georgia
banjo moon
his father’s song
just out of range
Honorable Mention
(3, unranked)
Kanchan Chatterjee,
Jamshedpur, India
slicing a salmon
the man shifts his tobacco
to the other cheek
Kanchan Chatterjee,
Jamshedpur, India
low yellow moon—
the C-shift men all quiet
at the mill’s gate
Ravi Kiran,
Hyderabad, India
the plaits
in sync with the ropes
double dutch

18th Francine Porad Award, 2021

JudgeSusan Antolin
Contest CoordinatorRon Swanson
Number of entriesNot stated
First Place ($100)John Hawkhead,
Bradford-on-Avon, U.K.
gibbous moon
blotched with sky blue
a deniable bruise
Second Place ($50)Janice Doppler,
Easthampton, Massachusetts
flamingo flock—
the child holds her
arabesque
Third Place ($25)Srinivasa Rao Sambangi,
Hyderabad, India
windblown grass
a motherless child
learning to walk
Honorable Mention
(4, unranked)
Helga Härle,
Nacka, Sweden
backstroke—
navigating
by clouds
Vandana Parashar,
Panchkula, India
phantom pregnancy
the weight of snow
on a bare bough
Nikolay Grankin,
Krasnodar, Russia
autumn sun
a little girl on her father’s shoulders
picks an apple
Dmitry Shestakovsky,
Donetsk, Ukraine
time to go home—
my dog pretends
to be a stranger

17th Francine Porad Award, 2020

JudgeJulie Warther
Contest CoordinatorRon Swanson
Number of entries663 from 108 poets in 14 countries
First Place ($100)Annette Makino,
Arcata, California
long before language the S of the river
Second Place ($50)Kala Ramesh,
Chennai, India
to be—
I walk
where leaves fall
Third Place ($25)Brad Bennett,
Arlington, Massachusetts
summer sky
how could nothing
be so blue
Honorable Mention
(3, unranked)
Andrea Cecon,
Cividale del Friuli, Italy
social distancing
I get closer
to my shadow
Alan S. Bridges,
Littleton, Massachusetts
pounding surf
the in-and-out breaths
of the porch screen
David Grayson,
Alameda, California
old globe
the two hemispheres
coming apart

16th Francine Porad Award, 2019

JudgeTom Painting
Contest CoordinatorRon Swanson
Number of entries566 from 85 poets in 9 countries
First Place ($100)Michele Root-Bernstein,
East Lansing, Michigan
wet leaves
the way loss mellows
the path home
Second Place ($50)Marietta McGregor,
Canberra, Australia
the giddy spin
of late-night lies
apogee moon
Third Place ($25)Lon Risley,
Joshua Tree, California
owl pellet
not enough bones
for a name
Honorable Mention
(3, unranked)
Kanchan Chatterjee,
Jamshedpur, India
shimmering heat …
the silent fish hawker
stands under a shade
Raquel D. Bailey,
Arlington, Virginia
Key West sunset
every bartender
curing humanity
Kath Abela Wilson,
Pasadena, California
jacaranda
keeping the future
in a dark little purse

15th Francine Porad Award, 2018

JudgeFrancine Banwarth
Contest CoordinatorsRichard Tice and Kathleen Tice
SponsorHaiku Northwest
Number of entries495 by 79 poets from 9 countries
First Place ($100)Margaret D. McGee,
Port Townsend, Washington
March gusts
I hold the baby’s foot
for ballast
Second Place ($50)Michele L. Harvey,
Hamilton, New York
twilight
the tug of a mother’s call
before it’s heard
Third Place ($25)Scott Mason,
Chappaqua, New York
winter solstice
you have to hold
the handle down
Honorable Mention
(4, unranked)
Melissa Alexander,
Seattle, Washington
high winds off Alki
a sea star
clings to the piling
Michael Dudley,
Peterborough, Ontario
rocky shoreline …
the driftnet remains
of seagull remains
Deborah P Kolodji,
Temple City, California
pelican line-up
the arrival horn
of a cruise ship
Scott Mason,
Chappaqua, New York
settled porch—
rocker runners tell
the same story

14th Francine Porad Award, 2017

JudgeTerry Ann Carter
Contest CoordinatorsRichard Tice and Kathleen Tice
SponsorHaiku Northwest
Number of entries390 by 66 poets
First Place ($100)paul m.,
Bristol, Rhode Island
grave cleaning …
all winter a fallen tree
held by another
Second Place ($50)Julie Warther,
Dover, Ohio
sumi-e—
a heron’s wingtips dip
dip into the river
Third Place ($25)Carole MacRury,
Point Roberts, Washington
fog …
the sound of wings
going somewhere
Honorable Mention
(4, unranked)
Danny Blackwell,
Whitwell, United Kingdom
clonazepam—
I watch the scenery
slowerly
Meik Blöttenberger,
Hanover, Pennsylvania
leaving stones on graves
the weight of
our whispers
Gregory Piko,
Yass, Australia
ragged edge
the cabbage moth’s wing
and the cabbage
Nicholas Klacsanzky,
Edmonds, Washington
alone—
I eat all the salmonberries
on the trail

13th Francine Porad Award, 2016

JudgeCharles Trumbull
Contest CoordinatorsRichard Tice and Kathleen Tice
SponsorHaiku Northwest
Number of entries482 by 79 poets
First Place ($100)Shirley A. Plummer,
Yachats, Oregon
suspended
in the fog—
an empty boat
Second Place ($50)kjmunro,
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
starlight
seeing the past
so clearly
Third Place ($25)Scott Mason,
Chappaqua, New York
leaf pile raker
leaf pile kicker
two autumns
Honorable Mention
(5, unranked)
Brad Bennett,
Arlington, Massachusetts
swan feathers
on the leeward shore
last light of day
John Stevenson,
Nassau, New York
autumn color
something more
in our greeting
Alan S. Bridges,
Littleton, Massachusetts
in broken English
his sky wider
than mine
paul m.,
Bristol, Rhode Island
without asking
she ladles me some soup
winter rain
Carol Judkins,
Carlsbad, California
floating lanterns …
at the river’s edge
her empty chair

12th Francine Porad Award, 2015

JudgeCarolyn Hall
Contest CoordinatorsRichard Tice and Kathleen Tice
SponsorHaiku Northwest
Number of entries610
First Place ($100)Alan S. Bridges,
Littleton, Massachusetts
retelling the story animal bones
Second Place ($50)Sharon Pretti,
San Francisco, California
in remission
acacia dust brushed
from the windshield
Third Place ($25)Carole MacRury,
Point Roberts, Washington
sinking sun—
the heron stalks what’s left
of the day
Honorable Mention
(5, unranked)
Anita Guenin
San Diego, California
your shoulder blades
cut my hands—
first lilacs
Susan Constable,
Parksville, British Columbia
summer magic
my father finds a whistle
in a blade of grass
Ernest J. Berry,
Blenheim, New Zealand
winter dusk this foreign duck one of us
Brad A. Bennett,
Arlington, Massachusetts
snowy winter
less down
to the see saw
paul m.,
Bristol, Rhode Island
growth rings
on a truckful of pine logs
the day’s last light

11th Francine Porad Award, 2014

JudgeJohn Stevenson
Contest CoordinatorsRichard Tice and
Kathleen Tice
CosponsorsHaiku Northwestand
theWashington Poets Association
Number of entries403
First Place ($100)Judt Shrode,
Tacoma, Washington
cold floor …
stepping barefoot
on broken moonlight
Second Place ($50)Scott Mason,
Chappaqua, New York
slowly sizing up
her graduated pearls
Third Place ($25)Julie Warther,
Dover, Ohio
all my irons in the fire out
Honorable Mention (5, unranked)Alan S. Bridges,
Littleton, Massachusetts
my day at work | her air violin
Glenn G. Coats,
Prospect, Virginia
Sunday drizzle
the rattle
of empty bottles
Meik Blöttenberger,
Hanover, Pennsylvania
cold sea against rocks …
the names I would have given
my children
paul m.,
Bristol, Rhode Island
cancer spreading …
my cell phone’s
single bar
Julie Warther,
Dover, Ohio
inside the frozen waterfall water falling

10th Francine Porad Award, 2013

JudgeCe Rosenow
Contest CoordinatorNancy Dahlberg
CosponsorsHaiku Northwestand
theWashington Poets Association
Number of entries350
First Place ($100)Peggy Heinrich,
Santa Cruz, California
it could be nothing
it could be something
winter darkness
Second Place ($50)Michael L. Evans,
Shelton, Washington
Father’s Day …
the weight of his hammer
that never fit my hand
Third Place ($25)Scott Mason,
Chappaqua, New York
ground fog
I am certain
of nothing
Honorable Mention
(3, unranked)
Seren Fargo,
Bellingham, Washington
sinking moon
the weight of all
my unspoken words
Terry Ann Carter,
Victoria, British Columbia
holly trees surround
the garden—
when will I learn to forgive?
Barbara Snow,
Eugene, Oregon
dog days
through every window
the night train’s whistle

9th Francine Porad Award, 2012

JudgeDeborah P Kolodji
Contest CoordinatorNancy Dahlberg
CosponsorsHaiku Northwest and
theWashington Poets Association
Number of entriesNot stated
First Place ($100)Dejah Léger,
Shoreline, Washington
sketching the sapling
I will never see grown—
the quiet woods
Second Place ($50)Carole MacRury,
Point Roberts, Washington
Perseids …
oh, the weight
of all those wishes
Third Place ($25)Timothy Russell,
Toronto, Ohio
equinox—
this one tiny worm
coiling uncoiling
Honorable Mention
(4, in order of merit)
Mark Smith,
Keyser, West Virginia
deep crack in the acorn morning thunder
Cara Holman,
Portland, Oregon
frost-tipped blossoms
not how I thought
it would happen
Barbara Snow,
Eugene, Oregon
white lilacs
beyond our grasp
the Milky Way
paul m.,
Bristol, Rhode Island
snow clouds
each of us seeing
someone else

8th Francine Porad Award, 2011

JudgeSusan Constable
Contest CoordinatorIda Freilinger
CosponsorsHaiku Northwestand
theWashington Poets Association
Number of entriesNot stated
First Place ($100)Cara Holman,
Portland, Oregon
afternoon fog
the dampened cries
of wild geese
Second Place ($50)Seren Fargo,
Bellingham, Washington
unrelenting summer—
a termite
tears at its wings
Third Place ($25)Glenn G. Coats,
Prospect, Virginia
fallout
she said it felt lighter
than snow
Honorable Mention
(4, unranked)
Ernest J. Berry,
Picton, New Zealand
bristlecone pine—
finding out
about myself
Glenn G. Coats,
Prospect, Virginia
at least the crow
says what he means
April rain
Angela Terry,
Lake Forest Park, Washington
acacia seeds rattle
in the autumn breeze …
missing you
John Hawk,
Columbus, Ohio
snowed in every inch of her

7th Francine Porad Award, 2010

JudgePenny Harter
Contest CoordinatorNancy Dahlberg
CosponsorsHaiku Northwest and
theWashington Poets Association
Number of entriesNot stated
First Place ($100)Susan Constable,
Nanoose Bay, British Columbia
blue on blue
a dragonfly taps
the skylight
Second Place ($50)Carmi Soifer,
Suquamish, Washington
the shell’s story inside the inside
Third Place ($25)Ernest J. Berry,
Picton, New Zealand
clouded moon
the ocean moves
closer
1st Honorable MentionDean Summers,
Seattle, Washington
in an open jar
of sage, the desert
after the rain
2nd Honorable MentionSeren Fargo,
Bellingham, Washington
traveling the creek
that bears her name—
my mother’s ashes
3rd Honorable MentionBillie Wilson,
Juneau, Alaska
ripening plums
outside our bedroom window
… and the far dawn
4th Honorable MentionC. R. Manley,
Bellevue, Washington
heat wave—
mouse circling the bottom
of the rain barrel
5th Honorable MentionRuth Yarrow,
Seattle, Washington
full moon—
white-barked alder leans its light
back into sky
6th Honorable MentionDean Summers,
Seattle, Washington
late summer eve—
white coals on the lid
of a Dutch oven

6th Francine Porad Award, 2009

JudgeMichael Dylan Welch
Contest CoordinatorDavid Rizzi
CosponsorsHaiku Northwest and
the Washington Poets Association
Number of entriesNot stated
First Place ($100)Carolyn Hall,
San Francisco, California
fall garden
the cat’s ashes
no more than a handful
Second Place ($50)Dejah Léger,
Shoreline, Washington
Christmas morning—
the snowprints of the stray
who curled by our door
Third Place ($25)Roland Packerv
Hamilton, Ontario
white towels
by a wash basin
jane doe
Honorable Mention
(3, unranked)
Francine Banwarth,
Dubuque, Iowa
three-quarter moon
mandolin music
            just sad enough
Cynthia Cechota,
Dubuque, Iowa
milky sky
an eagle’s rib bones
cradle the snow
Tanya McDonald,
Woodinville, Washington
expectant father
the tender way he holds
his comic book

5th Francine Porad Award, 2008

JudgeMargaret Chula
Contest CoordinatorsMichael Dylan Welch
and Angela Terry
CosponsorsHaiku Northwest and
the Washington Poets Association
Number of entriesNot stated
First Prize ($100)Earl Keener,
Bethany, West Virginia
first robin
the bowed sapling
flings its ice
Second Prize ($75)Claudia Coutu Radmore,
Carlton Place, Ontario
summer heat
brooding in the dark
bantam hen
Third Prize ($50)Ernest J. Berry,
Picton, New Zealand
funeral march
the play of raindrops
on mahogany
Honorable Mention
(3, unranked)
Scott Mason,
Chappaqua, New York
closed louvers
a mourning dove
filters through
Peggy Heinrich,
Santa Cruz, California
shrinking snowman
the red wool scarf
loosens its grip
Scott Mason,
Chappaqua, New York
crows on phone lines—
a new arrangement
every few caws

4th Francine Porad Award, 2007

JudgeWilliam J. Higginson
Contest CoordinatorNot recorded
SponsorWashington Poets Association
Number of entries“Some 300”
First Prize ($100)Francine Banwarth,
Dubuque, Iowa
             sun dogs
on the winter horizon …
        another body count
Second Prize ($75)Roland Packer,
Hamilton, Ontario
midwinter sermon
hardened drops of varnish
on the pews
Third Prize ($50)Ernest J. Berry,
Picton, New Zealand
    hurricane
the taste of rain
  from a barrel
Honorable Mention
(3, unranked)
Scott Mason,
Chappaqua, New York
sculpture garden
     a spider web deep
          in cleavage
Minna Lerman,
Haverown, Pennsylvania
sea turtle
         one thousand miles
                         his eye on a star
Margaret Chula,
Portland, Oregon
winter light
chickens scratch at
their pale shadows

3rd Francine Porad Award, 2006

JudgeRuth Yarrow
Contest CoordinatorNot recorded
SponsorWashington Poets Association
Number of entriesMore than 200
First Prize ($100)Ernest J. Berry,
Picton, New Zealand
     mountain pass
headlights on the edge
     of a thunderhead
Second Prize ($75)John Barlow,
Liverpool, U.K.
the faint pulse
of out-of-tune strings—
winter light
Third Prize ($50)Christopher Herold,
Port Townsend, Washington
baton raised …
    a moth spirals
         into the silence
Honorable Mention
(2, unranked)
Sara Mills,
Somerville, Massachusetts
jar of tadpoles—
two shadows swim off
the candle-lit table
Marie Summers,
Excelsior Springs, Missouri
summer wind …
sailing the length
of the moon’s reflection

2nd Francine Porad Award, 2005

JudgeChristopher Herold
Contest CoordinatorNot recorded
SponsorWashington Poets Association
Number of entriesNot recorded
First Prize ($100)Ernest J. Berry,
Picton, New Zealand
precipice
the ascending cry
of an osprey
Second Prize ($75)Scott Mason,
Chappaqua, New York
 a banner flaps
     in the autumn wind …
        Everything Must Go!
Third Prize ($50)an’ya,
Crescent, Oregon
winter fog
everything familiar
unfamiliar
Honorable Mention
(4, unranked)
Tracy Koretsky,
Berkeley, California
the sound of breaking waves
on a moonless night
—distant friend
Francine Banwarth,
Dubuque, Iowa
slow bend in the river
he comes around
to my point of view
Ernest J. Berry,
Picton, New Zealand
hot night the length of a siren
Scott Mason,
Chappaqua, New York
          dislodged
from its tangle of branches
        beaver moon

1st Francine Porad Award, 2004

JudgeMichael Dylan Welch
Contest Coordinator
SponsorWashington Poets Association
Number of entries410
First Place ($100)Peter Yovu,
Middlesex, Vermont
among her things
my birthday newspaper—
deepening snow
Second Place ($50)Lyn Coffin,
Seattle, Washington
salmon thrashing
near the base of their ladder—
we stop holding hands
Third Place ($25)John Bird,
Ocean Shores, Australia
bus stop
a pregnant woman picks
at flaking paint
Honorable Mention
(3, unranked)
Earl R. Keener,
Bethany, West Virginia
family reunion
the wind takes a paper plate
into the lilacs
Cathy Drinkwater Better,
Eldersburg, Maryland
deer emerge
from the snowy woods
tea grown cold
Michael McClintock,
South Pasadena, California
traveling, too,
on a seat by the window—
green melons

Early Washington Poets Association Haiku Contests

Note: With minor edits and reformatting, this section is taken wholly from the article of the same name on the Haiku Northwest website.

The Porad Award for haiku was sponsored by the Washington Poets Association from 2004 to 2014, cosponsored by Haiku Northwest from 2008 to 2014, and taken over independently by Haiku Northwest in 2014 after the WPA dissolved in 2013. Prior to 2004, however, the WPA had at least three haiku contests, in 1973, 1980, and 1994.

For 1973, no record seems to remain as to who the judge was, or what the winning poems were, but the winners were as follows:

First PlaceSr. Phoebe Passler, OSB,
Olympia, Washington
Second PlaceAlbert R. Marino,
Ellwood City, Pennsylvania
Third PlaceConstance Show,
Lakewood, Colorado

In 1980, the judges were Patricia Loken, Frances Fagerlund, and Charlotte G. Warren, who selected the following “finalists” (winning poems not known, and may not have been awarded beyond the selection of these finalists):

               Jerald T. Ball
Gloria Buckner
June E. Lamson
Bobbie Leiser
Molly See
Louise E. Widner

The Washington Poets Association also published at least eight haiku collections in the late 1970s and into the 1980s. These books were most likely associated with annual contests, but this is uncertain. Why their publication ceased is also unclear. In 1994, Francine Porad served as the judge and chose the following winners for a new one-off contest:

First Place                     Robert Randall,
Federal Way, Washington
At night
firefly stars kindle
my dream ashes
Second PlaceKohjin Sakamoto,
Kyoto, Japan
each
   with its own shadow
   ants in line
Third PlaceRobert Gibson,
Centralia, Washington
cloud
   tree sea sail
   one wind one mind

As mentioned, the Washington Poets Association published at least eight staple-bound haiku anthologies, starting in the 1970s. More information about these publications will be added as it is unearthed.

—Michael Dylan Welch, July 2020

Compiled by Michael Dylan Welch

Adapted from Materials on the Haiku Northwest Website

Sources / Further Reading

Francine Porad

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Updated on December 31, 2023