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Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards (1976– )

Established in 1976, the Haiku Society of America’s Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards have been given out each year for the best English-language haiku submitted to the contest. As one of the oldest haiku contests in the West and open to the public, the Henderson Awards enjoy pride of place among English-language haiku contests.


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Evolution of the Henderson Awards

Beginning in 1973 under president Anita Virgil, the Haiku Society of America began to consider awards that would recognize English-language material of outstanding quality that had historical significance or that developed new directions for American haiku. Elizabeth Searle Lamb was the first Awards Committee chairperson. The other members of the committee were David Lloyd, Alfred Marks, Michael McClintock, Herta Rosenblatt, and John Wills. They considered material from the decade of activity that began with the advent of American Haiku, established in 1963, and continued through 1972. Their report was presented to the society and accepted on September 24, 1974.1

Beginning with awards in 1976, the annual Harold G. Henderson Memorial Haiku Awards have been given for the best English-language haiku submitted to the contest, sponsored and judged annually by the Haiku Society.

Originally the intent was to give a single award each year, but the custom of more than one prize soon took over. Nevertheless, the society has elected to give the judges a free hand in distributing awards, according to their judgments on the quality of the entries. The selection criteria, number of awards and honorable mentions, and prizes therefore have not been consistent from year to year.2

The awards were originally made possible by a gift from Mrs. Harold G. Henderson in memory of her husband, who helped found the Haiku Society of America.3

The organization and procedures of the Henderson Awards have been relatively stable from the outset. One or more judges are recruited by the HSA Executive Committee (the position of Second Vice President was created in 1994 to coordinate HSA contests), the contest is announced in HSA publications, the hundreds of entries are received by the Contest Coordinator and forwarded to the judges, who select the winners and provide brief commentaries on the winning haiku. The results are then announced to the winners by mail—now by email—and published in the HSA journal, Frogpond.

In the first several years of the Henderson Awards, some judges provided illuminating commentary on the character and quality of the haiku they were asked to consider. For example, in their report in HSA Frogpond, the judges of the 1978 contest provided an analysis of the types of haiku among the 587 entries. There were 9 tanka or long poems and 3 visual poems; 13 one-line haiku, 6 two-line, 541 three-line, 12 four-line, and 6 with six or more lines. There were 33 haiku with eighteen to twenty-five syllables, 350 with seventeen, 27 with sixteen, 25 with fifteen, 84 with twelve to fourteen, 55 with 11 or fewer, and 3 with five or fewer.4

In 1984 Judges Shirley Brooks and Paul O. Williams selected only three prize-winning haiku and published the winners’ names without commentary.

In the “Statement by Cor van den Heuvel and Adele Kenny (Judges of 1985 Henderson Awards) on the Haiku Submitted for This Contest” the two poets wrote that they “didn’t find it difficult to select three unique haiku from among the 247 entries.” They went on to say, however, that they were disappointed by much of what they read, notably “carelessly handwritten entries, tacked on titles, clues to meaning on the reverse side, and the apparent ‘beginner-isms‘” they found in some entries.5

The 1986 Henderson Judges Geraldine Clinton Little and William J. Higginson did not record their impressions of the submissions, but, in addition to selecting three prize-winners and six honorable mentions, they awarded special attention to a senryu by Carol Montgomery, explaining in a footnote:

Traditionally, haiku and senryu share the same form. However, while haiku focus on our perceptions of the natural world, including but not emphasizing humans, senryu focus on human foibles. Senryu usually poke a bit of fun at people, and may have the biting tinge of sarcasm. We both feel that Montgomery’s “second husband” [winner of the Second Prize in this contest] is seen as a natural being, doing the natural thing, and find that poem to be a haiku, though one rich with humor. The “small child” seems more focused on the human emotion and the humor, making it a senryu in our judgment, but one with a good deal of depth. We do not feel that a senryu is eligible for a prize in a haiku contest, but hope this will help clarify the differences between the two genres.6

This provided the impetus for the creations of the society’s Gerald M. Brady Senryu Awards.

In lieu of commentaries on the winning haiku in 1987 by judges Penny Harter and Alexis Rotella, HSA President Adele Kenny made a few general comments, including this: “[Of] the 319 entries this year there were few in which the poets attempted to capture or create an Eastern tone, an observation which affirms the direction that English-language haiku poets have taken.”7

Note on the Haikupedia Presentation

We have used three main sources for information about the Harold G. Henderson Memorial Haiku Awards. Results have typically been first publicized in the HSA journal Frogpond and sometimes in the HSA newsletter as well. Data for the competitions from 1976 through 1988 have been included in A Haiku Path but without the judges’ comments. All winning haiku in the contests from 1976 onward have been gathered in the “Complete Archive Collection” on the Haiku Society of America website. The selectors’ commentary and biographical sketches of the judges for the contests from 2008 forward are archived separately on the web pages accessible from the “Complete Archive Collection” page. As a general rule, when sources vary we have favored the contest reports in Frogpond, being closest in time to the event, and relied on A Haiku Path and the HSA web archives to supplement or reconcile obvious errors in earlier accounts.

There has been a great deal of variation in the procedures and reporting for the Henderson contest over the years. This has resulted from the selection of different judges for each running of the contest, various styles of coordination of submissions and the selection process, and differences in reporting results. For example, there has been no consistency in the number of prizes and honorable mentions or their designations (“First Prize” or “First Place”? Ranked or unranked Honorable Mentions?). Note also that Honorable Mentions are listed in this article in the order they were reported. Unless specifically stated (e.g., “First Honorable Mention”), they are not given in a rank order. Even the name of the contest has varied from one year to the next. Making matters more complicated, the reporting of the winners in the Haiku Society of America members’ journal Frogpond, A Haiku Path, the comprehensive 1994 history of the HSA, and the recently added archives of HSA contests on the HSA website reflect the various editors’ attempts to standardize their presentations and reduce the variations. The result is, of course, even more variation among the sources.

For the purposes of our exposition the Haikupedia editors have also tried to simplify and standardize. For the contest title the formulation “[year] Harold G. Henderson Memorial Haiku Awards, was generally used for the annual contests, and for the past few years the now official title, ”The [year] HSA Haiku Award in honor of Harold G. Henderson.” For ease of indexing and reference we have used simply “Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, [year]” throughout.

Contest Procedures and Regulations

Based on the HSA information for the 2023 contest. Be sure to check the HSA contest website for up-to-date information.

Eligibility: The contest is open to the public. HSA officers who are members of the Executive Committee are not eligible, but Regional Coordinators may enter.

What to submit: Up to 10 unpublished haiku, not being considered for publication elsewhere or by any other contest. There are no restrictions on syllable count or seasonal word.

Submissions may be made by email or regular post. Check the HSA website for directions.

Submission window: Typically June and July.

Adjudication: The names of the judge(s) are announced after the contest.

Awards: First Prize, $200; Second Prize, $150; Third Prize, $100. Judges may award Honorable Mentions at their discretion.

Announcement: Winning haiku are published in Frogpond and on the HSA website.

Rights: All rights revert to the authors after publication.


Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2023

JudgesBrad Bennett and
Caroline Skanne

Contest CoordinatorChuck Brickley
Number of entriesNot stated
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 46:3;
HSA website

First Place ($200)Joshua Gage,
Ohio
milkweed husks 
the dusk greens 
with dragonflies
Second Place ($150) *paul m.,
Florida
unable to fit it
on one sketchbook page 
the young hawk’s circle
Honorable Mention (4)John Barlow,
Ormskirk, U.K.
where the bufflehead 
entered dark water 
bubbles of light
Temple Cone,
Maryland
one log left
beside the log-splitter 
a sliver of moon
M F Drummy,
Colorado
desert dawn an ash-throated flycatcher
Jacquie Pearce,
British Columbia
maple stump
the sky still holding 
the old treehouse
* The judges’ original selection for Second Place was found to have been published previously and so was disqualified; the Third Place choice was moved up to Second and no Third Place was awarded.

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2022

JudgesKat Lehmann and
Matthew Paul

Contest CoordinatorChuck Brickley
Number of entriesNot stated
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 45:3;
HSA website

First Place ($200)Alison Woolpert,
California
harvest festival
jars of fig jam
full of galaxies
Second Place ($150)Sean O’Connor,
Ireland
nights drawing in—
wondering how Dad is
in his patch of earth
Third Place (tie; $50 each)Lorraine A Padden,
California
empty vase the last of the baby’s breath
Scott Mason,
New York
autumn pond …
spending just-us time
with my thoughts
Honorable Mention (3)Alan S. Bridges,
Massachusetts
stalks of corn
in their own language
evening breeze
Julie Bloss Kelsey,
Maryland
September twilight—
a honeybee’s slow descent
into goldenrod
Scott Mason,
New York
where the fox kits
     last frolicked
          wisps of fog

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2021

JudgesJulie Schwerin and George Swede
Contest CoordinatorChuck Brickley
Number of entriesNot stated
Results and
Judges’ comments

Frogpond 44:3;
HSA website

First Place ($200)Tom Bierovic,
Florida
a year at most …
we pretend to watch 
the hummingbirds
Second Place ($150)Scott Mason,
New York
Mars landing—
cardboard softens
the subway grate
Third Place ($100)Tony Williams,
Scotland
daisies—
learning to live
in a crowd again
Brad Bennett,
Massachusetts
open meadow
a monarch hinges 
on a milkweed
Honorable Mention (3)June Rose Dowis,
Louisiana
blossom to blossom 
a bee tips the fate 
of the world
Margaret Tau,
North Carolina
sand dollars
all that’s left of 
her summer job
Laurie D. Morrissey,
New Hampshire
whether or not you forgive me—forget-me-nots

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2020

JudgesDeborah P Kolodji and
Bryan Rickert
Contest CoordinatorChuck Brickley
Number of entriesMore than 1,100
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 43:3;
HSA website
First Place ($150)Mary Stevens,
Hurley, New York
the heft
of a cast-iron skillet
autumn deepens
Second Place ($100)Kat Lehmann,
Guilford, Connecticut
evening news
junipers consume
the moon
Third Place ($50)Carol Ann Palomba,
Wanaque, New Jersey
whether or not
you come home
spring peepers
Honorable Mention (2)Marilyn Appl Walker,
Madison, Georgia
gibbous moon
she circles the baby’s
due date
Clifford Rames,
Freehold, New Jersey
casting off
all self-doubt—
prize trout

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2019

JudgesCarole MacRury and
Christopher Herold
Contest CoordinatorBeverly Acuff Momoi 
Number of entriesNearly 800
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 42:3;
HSA website
First Place ($150)Raquel D. Bailey,
Jamaica
ultrasound
the thump of a bee 
against the window
Second Place ($100)Michael Morell,
Havertown, Pennsylvania
high summer
the slow drift
of a heron’s landing
Third Place ($50)Michele L. Harvey,
Hamilton, New York
fireflies rearranging bedtime
Honorable Mention (7)Paul Kulwatno,
Falls Church, Virginia
downpour
       alone together 
              with our phones
Jacquie Pearce,
Vancouver, British Columbia
dawn chorus
all the birds
he used to know
Martha Magenta,
Bristol, United Kingdom
frosty night …
the horse’s breath 
melts a star
Temple Cone,
Hyattsville, Maryland
barn owl’s cry:
the darkness
pierced with wounds
Matthew Markworth,
Mason, Ohio
it ends 
with a text 
april rain
Roland Packer,
Hamilton, Ontario
crack house
even the shadows 
have shadows
Annette Makino,
Arcata, California
to lead a life
of such purpose …
ants in a line

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2018

JudgesLorin Ford and Lee Gurga
Contest CoordinatorBeverly Acuff Momoi
Number of entriesNot stated
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 41:3;
HSA website
First Place ($150)Joe McKeon,
Strongsville, Ohio
sun-bleached billboard
the gravel road ends
at peaches
Second Place ($100)Brett Brady,
Haiku, Hawaii
    flute notes
fluttering
       petals
Third Place ($50)Alan Summers,
Chippenham, Wiltshire, England
the rill’s trick
a greenfinch moves
its green around
Honorable Mention (4)Ron C. Moss,
Tasmania, Australia
the first stroke
of the ink brush …
ravens in snow
Jayne Miller,
Hazel Green, Wisconsin
evening prayer
the sediment
begins to settle
Barry George,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
a turnstile
going around by itself— 
winter rain
Sam Bateman,
Everett, Washington
winter solitude
lost in the hum
of my computer

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards 2017

JudgesRobert Gilliland and
Cherie Hunter Day
Contest CoordinatorBeverly Acuff Momoi
Number of entries990
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 40:3;
HSA website
First Place ($150)Gary Hotham,
Scaggsville, Maryland
       light
for their world
     fireflies
Second Place ($100)Michele Root-Bernstein,
East Lansing, Michigan
gathering dusk
all the colored pencils
back in their cup
Third Place ($50)Alison Woolpert,
Santa Cruz, California
the dogs
shake it loose
—summer sea
Honorable Mention (3)Tigz DePalma,
Balearic Islands, Spain
watermelon flesh deep in summer
Lew Watts,
Santa Fe, New Mexico
trial separation
another inch of snow
on the gin bottles
Corine Timmer,
Faro, Portugal

summer holiday
walking the dogs
where they want to go

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2016

JudgesCor van den Heuvel and
Scott Mason
Contest Coordinator
Beverly Acuff Momoi
Number of entries674
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 39:3;
HSA website
First Place ($150)Celia Stuart-Powles,
Tulsa, Oklahoma
window … to window … and back … the cat
Second Place ($100)Francine Banwarth,
Dubuque, Iowa
spindrift …
I go where
the story takes me
Third Place ($50)Christina Sng,
Singapore
drifting snowflakes
the police car’s ascent
up our driveway
First Honorable MentionRoland Packer,
Hamilton, Ontario
evening breeze
through the barnboards
final bid
Second Honorable MentionAnnette Makino,
Arcata, California
our easy silence
every puddle
sky-deep
Third Honorable MentionRobyn Hood Black,
Beaufort, South Carolina
wedding invitations
the press and release
of the nib
Fourth Honorable MentionJulie Warther,
Dover, Ohio
paddling through stars
the wake of a boat
long passed
Fifth Honorable MentionOlivier Schopfer,
Geneva, Switzerland
pride parade
from behind a cloud
the sun comes out

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2015

JudgesGeorge Dorsty and Tom Painting
Contest CoordinatorCharlotte Digregorio
Number of entries657
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 38:3;
HSA website
First Place ($150)Debbie Strange,
Winnipeg, Manitoba
stone cairns 
a faded cap drifts 
downriver
Second Place ($100)Scott Mason,
Chappaqua, New York
jasmine beyond 
the honeycombed lattice
          a call to prayer
Third Place ($50)Renée Owen,
Sebastopol, California
sand dunes 
by morning 
a different dream
Honorable Mention (3)Kevin Goldstein-Jackson,
Poole, England
early morning 
mist reunites 
the hills
Michele Root-Bernstein,
East Lansing, Michigan
the underside of leaves 
her back story 
changes everything
Joe McKeon,
Strongsville, Ohio
snow crocus 
my grandson asks 
if I have dreams

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2014

JudgesTanya McDonald and
Michael Dylan Welch
Contest CoordinatorSari Grandstaff
Number of entries739
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 37:3;
HSA website
First Place ($150)Joe McKeon,
Strongsville, Ohio
county fair
second place ribbon 
in an empty stall
Second Place ($100)John Stevenson,
Nassau, New York
junk car
the hum of bees
beneath the hood
Third Place ($50)Joe McKeon,
Strongsville, Ohio
   the Christmas 
after we told them 
    artificial tree
Honorable Mention (7)Terri L. French,
Huntsville, Alabama
a bit of rust
on the Chevy’s fender
harvest moon
Rob Dingman,
Herkimer, New York
a lightning strike gives up a flower
Scott Mason,
Chappaqua, New York
   forest clearing
     a scapula
left for the moon
Phyllis Lee,
Sebring, Ohio
that time of year
moonlight fills
his empty chair
Julie Warther,
Dover, Ohio
birding …
the unfamiliar path
home
Carolyn Hall,
San Francisco, California
winter solstice
the tilt
of her hospital bed
Joseph Robello,
Novato, California
first morning
firecracker papers
wander the streets

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2013

JudgesMargaret Chula and
Johnny Baranski 
Contest CoordinatorSari Grandstaff
Number of entries554
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 36:3;
HSA website
First Place ($150)Temple Cone,
Annapolis, Maryland
flies wait it out 
under a cow’s chin 
spring shower
Second Place ($100)Michele L. Harvey,
Hamilton, New York
heartwood 
the saw changes 
its tune
Third Place ($50)Elizabeth Steinglass,
Washington, D.C.
snow field 
the earth marked 
by fallen angels
Honorable Mention (5)June Dowis,
Shreveport, Louisiana
setting sun 
an accordion squeezes 
the night air
Ernest Berry,
Blenheim, New Zealand
no moon 
the click of stilettos 
on cobblestones
Mike Blöttenberger,
Hanover, Pennsylvania
flowing estuary 
native languages 
long gone
Neal Whitman,
Pacific Grove, California
in the hot tub 
my eyes on her floating breasts 
Hunters Moon
Scott Mason,
Chappaqua, New York
rosebud unfolding 
the seed packet left behind 
in Revelations

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2012

JudgesMark Harris and
Peter Yovu
Contest CoordinatorJohn Stevenson
Number of entriesNot stated
Results and
Judges’ comments
HSA website;
[not published in Frogpond]
First Place ($150)Scott Mason,
Chappaqua, New York
no escaping
this moonlight—
Pompeii
Second Place ($100)Jayne Miller,
Hazel Green, Wisconsin
river mud
the shape
of boys
Third Place ($50)Jim Kacian,
Winchester, Virginia
somewhere becoming rain becoming somewhere
Honorable Mention (3)Garry Gay,
Santa Rosa, California
desert twilight
a map with many creases
nailed to a cross
Anita Curran Guenin,
San Diego, California
we huddle
over mother’s open grave—
lawless winter
Michael McClintock,
Clovis, California
a long bus ride
the prophetic language
of the stops

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2011

JudgeJim Kacian and
Billie Wilson
Contest CoordinatorJohn Stevenson
Number of entriesNot stated
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 35:1;
HSA website
First Place ($150)Garry Gay,
Santa Rosa, California
Navajo moon 
the coyote call 
not a coyote
Second Place ($100)Mark Smith,
Keyser, West Virginia
deleting words 
from the eulogy 
falling leaves
Third Place ($50)Cherie Hunter Day,
Cupertino, California
calla lily
the sound of a ladder 
lengthening
Honorable Mention (7)Marjorie Buettner,
Chisago City, Minnesota
tasting the well 
in the water— 
summer stars
Carolyn Hall,
San Francisco, California
Mother’s Day 
the expiration date 
on wildflower seeds
Michele L. Harvey,
Brooklyn, New York
northern lights …
the scratchy play
of seventy-eights
Christopher Patchel,
Mettawa, Illinois
a recurring escape from my father’s dream
Michelle Schaefer,
Bothell, Washington
   the big dipper 
no matter where I stand
      mountain sky
Michelle Schaefer,
Bothell, Washington
   summer passing
the yard flamingo’s
       rusty legs
Charles Trumbull,
Santa Fe, New Mexico
glint of sunlight:
the respirator carries on 
alone

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2010

JudgesFay Aoyagi and Lenard D. Moore
Contest CoordinatorFrancine Banwarth
Number of entries834 haiku from 7 countries
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 34:1;
HSA website
First Place ($150)Michele L. Harvey,
Brooklyn, New York
All Souls Day …
my name called 
from the front gate
Second Place ($100)Tish Davis,
Concord, Ohio
autumn 
an empty booster seat 
in the barber’s window
Third Place ($50)Michele L. Harvey,
Brooklyn, New York
hunter’s cabin: 
of the woods 
not of it
First Honorable MentionMargaret Chula,
Portland, Oregon
end of the walk 
returning the crow’s feather 
where I found it
Second Honorable MentionAdelaide B. Shaw,
Millbrook, New York
cafe for sale— 
outdoor tables rusting 
into autumn
Third Honorable MentionCarolyn Hall,
San Francisco, California
day lilies 
another death date added 
to the family tree

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2009

JudgesMarian Olson and
Peggy Willis Lyles
Contest CoordinatorFrancine Banwarth
Number of entries583
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 33:1;
HSA website
First Place ($150)Stephen Gould,
Denver, Colorado
The house finch
has a song for it,
morning after snow
Second Place ($100)Ron C. Moss
Leslie Vale, Tasmania, Australia
crescent moon
a bone carver sings
to his ancestor
Third Place ($50)C. R. Manley
Bellevue, Washington
close enough to touch—
I let the junco lead me
away from its nest
Honorable Mention (2)Bruce England,
Santa Clara, California
Blowing leaves
tempt the old cat,
but not enough
Michael McClintock,
Fresno, California
ancient mountains …
runners clearing hurdles
on the practice field

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2008

JudgesJennie Townsend and
Christopher Patchel
Contest CoordinatorFrancine Banwarth
Number of entries672 by 125 poets
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 32:1;
HSA website
First Place ($150)John Stevenson,
Nassau, New York
Thanksgiving— 
fifteen minutes
of mince pie
Second Place ($100)Kristen Deming,
Bethesda, Maryland
blossoms … 
the baby’s bare feet 
pedal the air
Third Place ($50)John Stevenson,
Nassau, New York
butterfly
my attention
attention span
Honorable Mention (2)Garry Gay,
Santa Rosa, California
one moth 
a thousand candles
light the darkness
Linda Jeannette Ward,
Coinjock, North Carolina
trail’s end—
my pebble
settles the cairn

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2007

JudgesGeorge Swede and
Carmen Sterba
Contest CoordinatorMarlene Egger
Number of entries881
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 31:1
First Place ($150)Claire Gallagher,
Sunnyvale, California
family reunion—
some of the beached kelp
in knots
Second Place ($100)Roland Packer,
Hamilton, Ontario
a jar of pennies
on the lemonade stand
evening cool
Third Place ($50)Ken Hurm,
Morganfield, Kentucky
lightning …
the scarecrow’s coat sleeve
caught in mid-wave
Honorable Mention (2)Marjorie Buettner,
Chisago City, Minnesota
summer’s end
the hammock turned in
on itself
Ron C. Moss,
Leslie Vale, Tasmania, Australia
Charcoal Alley—
children flick marbles
into the light

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2006

Judgesan’ya and
Michael Rehling
Contest CoordinatorMarlene Egger
Number of entries694
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 30:1
First Place ($150)Ellen Comptonseason of lights
the postman
leans to the wind
Second Place ($100)Michael McClintockhaving no thought
we’ve come to see them—
dogwoods in bloom
Third Place ($50)C. R. Manleyturning tide—
placing intact clams
back in the water
Honorable Mention (6)Alice Framptonmallard pair
he rocks
on her wake
Lois J. Funkfiltering in
with the night air
a skunk’s warning
Merrill Ann Gonzalesstone in my pocket—
the brook cuts deeper
into the mountain
Joan M. Murphya bee chose
the rose I meant to pluck …
empty vase
Sandra Nickelsoba noodles …
the new year
slips in
Bruce Rosshazy dusk …
no one bothered to plow
the graveyard road

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2005

JudgesFrancine Porad and
Billie Wilson
Contest CoordinatorMarlene Egger
Number of entries
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 29:1
First Place ($150)Francine Banwarth,
Dubuque, Iowa
child’s wake
the weight
of rain
Second Place ($100)Jim Kacian,
Winchester, Virginia
gunshot the length of the lake
Third Place ($50)Rick Tarquinio,
Woodruff, New Jersey
a stick caught
on the lip of the dam
winter’s end
Honorable Mention (5)Francine Banwarth,
Dubuque, Iowa
summer stars … 
the old violin goes
to the highest bidder
Kirsty Karkow,
Waldoboro, Maine
winter drags on …
I squeeze the last drops
from a teabag
Origa,
Okemos, Michigan
distant thunder—
a titmouse gives one chirp
and falls silent
Bill Pauly,
Dubuque, Iowa
Alzheimer’s birthday
each slice of the cake
takes part of her name
Marie Summers,
Excelsior Springs, Missouri
March winds
a decade has passed
by your grave

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2004

JudgesWilliam Cullen, Jr., and
Brenda J. Gannam
Contest CoordinatorTom Painting
Number of entries1,124
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 28.1
First Place ($150)w. f. owen,
Sacramento, California
Indian summer
a spent salmon
washes ashore
Second Place ($100)Becky Barnhart,
Dubuque, Iowa
after the funeral
whiskers still
in his razor
Third Place ($50)Michael Fessler,
Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa-ken,
Japan
the page-finders
of my father’s Daily Missal
losing their colors
Honorable Mention (2)Marjorie Buettner,
Chisago City, Minnesota
first buds of spring
   I change the washer’s setting
      to delicate
George Swede,
Toronto, Ontario
Among the gravestones
with names worn away
children play hide ‘n seek

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2003

Judgespaul m. and
Patrick Gallagher
Contest CoordinatorTom Painting
Number of entriesNot stated
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 27:1
First Place ($150)Billie Wilson,
Juneau, Alaska
whalebone
from a beach near Savoonga—
winter rain
Second Place ($100)John Stevenson,
Nassau, New York
All Saints morning
a path
of trodden leaves
Third Place ($50)Carolyn Hall,
San Francisco, California
cremated
in her favorite kimono—
small green plums
Honorable Mention (2)Timothy Russell
Toronto, Ohio
             spring rain—
the gravedigger latches the door
             of his backhoe
Carolyn Hall,
San Francisco, California
spring rain the cat’s pink nipples

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2002

JudgesLarry Kimmel and
Carol Purington
Contest CoordinatorStanford Forrester
Number of entriesNot stated
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 26:1
First Place ($150)Marjorie Buettner,
Chisago City, Minnesota
loon calls
my daughter drawing circles
near the fire
Second Place (tie; $100 each)Billie Wilson,
Juneau, Alaska
summer evening—
from across the meadow
a call to supper
Third Place ($50)Michael Fessler,
Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan
shivering on the roof
I rub my palms together
meteor shower
Honorable Mention (4)John Thompson,
Alameda, California
    ocean breeze—
a strand of seaweed
    steadies the kite
Ross Figgins,
Claremont, California
autumn rose—
     even as I sketch the wind
        more petals fall
Doug Hunt,
Columbia, Missouri
Humid July—
from the stove the smell
of old fires
Harvey Hess,
Waterloo, Iowa
the wind of autumn
a homeless man warms himself
hand to mouth

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2001

JudgesYu Chang and
Ferris Gilli
Contest CoordinatorJohn Stevenson
Number of entries920
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 25:1
First Place ($150)Kathy Lippard Cobb,
Bradenton, Florida
broken easel—
the front yard blue 
with wildflowers
Second Place (tie; $100 each)Linda Jeannette Ward,
Coinjock, North Carolina
heat waves—
the hitchhiker shifts her child
to the other hip
Leatrice Lifshitz,
Pomona, New York
land’s end—
sand in each bite 
of my apple
Third Place ($50)W. F. Owen,
Antelope, California
Indian summer
a fish slips through 
the gill net
Honorable Mention (2)Jeanne Emrich,
Minneapolis, Minnesota
     her 18th birthday—
for the first time she notices
       my silences
A. C. Missias,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
spring sunshine 
      the climbing ivy 
      filled with sparrows

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 2000

JudgesJerry Kilbride and
Cyril Childs
Contest CoordinatorAlice Benedict
Number of entries849
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 24:1
First Place ($150)Michael Dylan Welch,
Foster City, California
meteor shower—
    a gentle wave 
wets our sandals
Second Place ($100)Yvonne Hardenbrook,
Columbus, Ohio
      mountain hike 
we drink from the beginning 
      of a great river
Third Place (tie; $50 each)Tom Clausen,
Ithaca, N.Y.
spring sun—
       high in his arms 
             the newborn is shown
Marian Olson,
Santa Fe, New Mexico
     snail—
to know 
           its heart beats too
Honorable Mention (3)LeRoy Gorman,
Napanee, Ontario
   lethal injection
unable to shut 
the blind dog’s eyes
Peggy Heinrich,
Bridgeport, Connecticut
     end of summer 
the shape of his feet 
    in his sneakers
Linda Jeannette Ward,
Coinjock, N.C.
   Geronimo’s grave 
someone has left 
   plastic flowers

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1999

JudgesJerry Ball and
Pamela A. Babusci
Contest CoordinatorAlice Benedict
Number of entries849
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 23:2
First Place ($150)Yu Chang,
Schenectady, New York
new in town 
the scent
of unknown flowers
Second Place ($100)Christopher Herold,
Port Townsend, Washington
foghorns …
we lower a kayak
into the sound
Third Place ($50)Celia Stuart-Powles,
Tulsa, Oklahoma
catalog time
the garden begins
without a seed
Honorable Mention (5)Ferris Gilli,
Orlando, Florida
new butterfly …
folded wings
lean into the wind
Christopher Herold,
Port Townsend, Washington
morning overcast
a few seeds still dangle
from the dandelion
R. A. Stefanac,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
break up
I leave behind
her butterfly net
John Stevenson,
Nassau, New York
walking home barefoot,
we enter the shadow
of the hill
Tom Tico,
San Francisco, California
autumn evening …
a page of the old book
separates from the spine

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1998

JudgesEbba Story and
Robert Major
Contest CoordinatorAlice Benedict
Number of entries629
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 21:3
First Place ($150)Randy Brooks,
Decatur, Illinois
funeral procession …
snowflakes blowing 
into the headlights
Second Place ($100)Zinovy Vayman,
Boston, Massachusetts
autumn evening 
my hospital window 
becomes a mirror
Third Place ($50)Ernest Berry,
Picton, New Zealand
storm clouds 
the cry of a shearwater 
circles the sky
Honorable Mention (4)Margaret Chula,
Portland, Oregon
late into the night 
we talk of revelations 
moon through the pines
Christopher Herold,
Redwood City, California
the kettle whistles … 
           a blur of garden color 
           on the window
John Stevenson,
Nassau, New York
winter beach 
a piece of driftwood 
charred at one end
Ruth M. Yarrow,
Seattle, Washington
riveredge old growth:
a towering window 
of stars

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1997

JudgesFrancine Porad and
John Stevenson
Contest CoordinatorAlice Benedict
Number of entries649
Results and
Judges’ comments

Frogpond 20:2
First Place ($150)June Moreau,
Lexington, Massachusetts
I’m caught in it too—
the blossom-loosening wind
Second Place ($100)Garry Gay,
Windsor, California
Over the railroad tracks
the slow motion 
of a snake
Third Place ($50)George Swede,
Toronto, Ontario
The beetle I righted 
flies straight into 
a cobweb
Honorable Mention (5)Helen Davie,
Atascadero, California
leaf in my palm 
its stem extends 
my lifeline
Susan Gaston,
Cotopaxi, Colorado
about the tree 
over my small son’s grave
—tell me
William J. Higginson,
Santa Fe, New Mexico
musty smell 
forgotten … deep 
into the text
Connie Meester,
Dubuque, Iowa
that Venus! 
leading the cupped moon
through every turn of the road
Kohjin Sakamoto,
Kyoto, Japan
”grabs“ and ”opens“ 
the fist 
sowing seeds

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1996

JudgesChristopher Herold and
Margaret Chula
Contest CoordinatorAlice Benedict
Number of entries668
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 19:3
First Place ($150)Leatrice Lifshitz,
Pomona, New York
the river—
coming to it with nothing
in my hands
Second Place ($100)Kay F. Anderson,
Redwood City, California
deep silence
          the orphaned nestlings
          this third morning
Third Place ($50)Jeffrey Witkin,
Carmel, Indiana
summer solstice—
the long tips of lavender
bent by bees
Honorable Mention (4)Sandra Fuhringer,
Hamilton, Ontario
snowbound
coloring inside
the lines
LeRoy Gorman,
Napanee, Ontario
the dumproad pond
tadpoles exit
a birdhouse
Kohjin Sakamoto,
Yawata, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
still sun-warmed …
the pulled-out scarecrow
in my arms
v. tripi,
San Francisco, California
Changing the swallowtail
     changed by it
          the spring wind

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1995

JudgesKaren Sohne and
Bill Pauly
Contest CoordinatorBarbara Ressler
Number of entries665
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 18:4
First PlaceLeatrice Lifshitz,
Pomona, New York
letting the branch go
a shower of petals falls
on the old woman
Second PlaceMichael Dylan Welch,
Foster City, California
toll booth lit for Christmas
from my hand to hers
warm change
Third PlaceJim Kacian,
Berryville, Virginia
winter seclusion
tending all day
the small fire
Honorable Mention (4)Helen K. Davie,
Templeton, California
on the path
only one of us
touched by a falling leaf
John Stevenson,
Nassau, New York
winter,    bedtime
   static flickers
      through a white sleeve
Ruth Yarrow,
Seattle, Washington
warm river—
up to our necks
in sunset
Jeanne Emrich,
Bloomington, Minnesota
beneath the ice
the waterfall
                    still falling

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1994

JudgesDave Sutter and
Dan Burke
Contest CoordinatorBarbara Ressler
Number of entries614
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 17:3
First PlaceAlice Mackenzie Swaim,
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Old garden chair
sagging with the weight
of a single leaf.
Second PlaceHelen K. Davie,
Templeton, California
after the stroke …
watching only the half of your face
that smiles
Third PlacePeggy Heinrich,
Westport, Connecticut
City window
mountains and pines
etched in frost 
Honorable Mention (4)Garry Gay,
Santa Rosa, California
Autumn deepens
an empty snail shell
explored by an ant
Christopher Herold,
Redwood City, California
early morning sun
   scattered on the table
      several grains of salt
Gary Hotham,
Laurel, Maryland
snowflakes
no one will miss
melt in her hand
John Stevenson,
Nassau, New York
bright leaves
  blow through
    her dream house

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1993

JudgesRuby Spriggs and
John J. Dunphy
Contest CoordinatorDee Evetts
Number of entriesNot stated
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 16:2
First PlaceSylvia Forges-Ryan,
North Haven, Connecticut
scattering his ashes
     the moon
          in bits and pieces
Second PlaceVirginia Brady Young,
Cheshire, Connecticut
on the river
     of many names, one cloud
     floating
Third PlaceElizabeth Searle Lamb,
Santa Fe, New Mexico
learning too late
he didn’t like bubinga wood—
sun strikes the urn
Honorable Mention (4)Penny Harter,
Santa Fe, New Mexico
the war memorial—
migrating butterflies
cover the names
Jim Kacian,
Berryville, Virginia
falling leaves
the house comes
out of the wood
Leatrice Lifshitz,
Pomona, New York
leaving you—
fog on either side
of the white heron
June Moreau,
Lexington, Massachusetts
Below zero
all curled up in the woodpile
the skin of a snake

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1992

JudgesLarry Rungren,
vincent tripi, and
Nina Wicker
Contest CoordinatorMinna Lerman
Number of entriesNot stated
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 15:2
First PlaceCarol A. Puringtondeep winter.
                         the armload of firewood
                         chills the kitchen
Second PlaceJames Chessingmourning dove calls …
     my elderly neighbor stills
          the sound of her hoeing
Third PlaceLenard D. MooreAugust morning—
a window washer wiping dust
from his sunglasses
No Honorable Mentions in 1992

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1991

JudgesVirginia Brady Young, Judge;
Joe Nutt and Matthew Louvière,
Co-judges
Contest CoordinatorNot stated
Number of entriesNot stated
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 14:3
First Prize—$100Bill Pauly,
Dubuque, Iowa
snowmelt …
     she enters
     the earth on her knees
Second Prize—$75Michael Dylan Welch,
Foster City, California
an old woolen sweater
           taken yarn by yarn
                     from the snowbank
Third Prize—$50Elizabeth Searle Lamb,
Santa Fe, New Mexico
a white horse
drinks from the acequia
           blossoming locust
Special Award—$10 (3)Alyson Pou,
New York City
sunlight shines red
through my father’s thumb
on the steering wheel
John Thompson,
Alameda, California
          two women crying
one giving birth
          the other being born
vincent tripi,
San Francisco, California
Approaching the family plot …
my furled umbrella
turns into a cane.
Honorable Mention (5)Mark Arvid White,
Palmer, Alaska
Chernobyl victim—
fingers pressing the plastic
to his wife’s caress
Christopher Herold,
Redwood City, California
                          cloud shadow
            long enough to close
the poppies
June Moreau,
Lexington, Massachusetts
The thick clang
of a cowbell
the sun deepens
Sydney Bougy,
Memphis, Tennessee
Roses
in the smaller room
more fragrant
Vicki Silvers,
Brentwood, New York
Ninety winters
          Spellbound
                    Again

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1990

JudgesSister Mary Thomas Eulberg and
Garry Gay
Contest CoordinatorNot stated
Number of entriesNot stated
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 13:4
First Place ($100)Charles B. Dickson,
Atlanta, Georgia
silent cathedral
     stained-glass apostles
     dimming with dusk
Second Place ($50)R. J. Trayhern,
McLean, Virginia
          up the path
to touch that one oak
in last night’s dream
Third Place ($25)Jim Boyd,
San Mateo, California
dry leaves
the old archer
curves his eyebrow
Honorable Mention (5)William Cullen, Jr.,
Brooklyn, New York
soft rain—
the new grave
looks old
Dee Evetts,
New York City
morning sneeze—
the guitar in the corner
resonates
Lee Gurga,
Lincoln, Illinois
fall leaves the trees the winter sky
George Swede,
Toronto, Ontario
dusk
a lone car going the same way
as the river
Tom Tico,
San Francisco, California
First days of summer …
     already the leaves gather
          beneath the sycamores

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1989

JudgesLeroy Kanterman, Chief Judge
George Swede and Tom Tico, Judges
Contest coordinatorNot stated
Number of entriesNot stated
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 12:4
First Place ($100)John Thompson     so many ways
within the waterfall
     for water to fall
Second Place ($50)Dee Evettsafter the rain
on my vegetable patch
a new crop of stones
Third Place ($25)Joe Nuttfrozen in mud
by the vacant shanty:
lottery ticket
Honorable Mention (6;
$10 each)
Frederick Gasserthe potter’s hands
gently shape the vase
     out of himself
Garry GayWater melon rind,
sitting in its own juice
the summer sun
Lee Gurgafigure drawing class—
in the model’s deepest shadows
a stark white string
Robert MainoneEbb tide …
     a little sea
          in the shell
Joan Bulger Murphywatching rain
pouring down … pouring down
just watching
Denver Stullabandoned store—
     large sign reading
          WE NEVER CLOSE

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1988

JudgesAlan Pizzarelli and
Anita Virgil Garner
Number of entriesNot stated
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 11:4;
A Haiku Path
First Prize ($100)Dan Burkea single strand 
of spider silk 
     stops her
Second Prize ($50)Lesley Einerendlessly becoming,
clouds
Third Prize ($25)Jerry Kilbridemime 
lifting 
fog
Senryu selections made by
the judges to be cited in no
particular order as poems of
special note in the genre
(in lieu of honorable mentions)
Carolyn Talmadgetaking time …
listening 
to the grocery clerk
Elizabeth St Jacquesin the Yukon 
sleeping with one eye shut 
the summer night
Bill Paulyin soap bubbles 
again and again 
his face is broken

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1987

JudgesPenny Harter and
Alexis Rotella
Number of entries319
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 10:4;
A Haiku Path
First Prize ($100)Jerry Kilbrideyard sale, 
sunlight filling 
mason jars 
Second Prize ($50)Kathleen Burgyleaving home …
the smell of smoke 
from old brick chimneys
Third Prize ($25)Ross Figginsfrozen pond—
white antlers rise
    through the ice
Honorable Mention (10)Steve DalachinskyJune night 
my mother alone with 
her cancer
Sr. Mary Thomas Eulberg           at dinner 
biting into the roast beef …
           the butcher’s thumb nail
Dee Evettsrepeating the lecture 
his eyes following 
the window-cleaner’s blade 
Dee Evettsphoning the neighbors
their real voices
through the open window 
Esther HarrisTools rusting 
Unused on the work bench 
A faucet dripping
Donald McLeoddusk 
drawing the pond’s depth 
to the surface
H. F. Noyesfull moon 

      peering into 
      the half-built house
Carol Montgomeryold woman, wrapping 
her cat’s gifts 
—centering the bows
Lynn G. Mooreon the way to work 
a hot air balloon 
up in the mist
Denver Stullthis heat; 
    the dog’s tail 
        the only breeze

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1986

JudgesGeraldine C. Little and
William J. Higginson

Number of entries275
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 9:4;
A Haiku Path

First Prize ($100)Ruth M. Yarrowlight 
up under the gull’s wing:
               sunrise 

Second Prize ($50)Carol Montgomerysecond husband 
painting the fence 
the same green
Third Prize ($25)Clark Strandsuch coolness 
the snail stretches 
its neck
Honorable Mention (6)David E. LeCountthe one legged bird 
that deep bend before 
taking off
Peggy Willis Lylesbird song 
lost 
in bird song
Bill Paulywalking in on her 
dead eyes reflecting
         snowfall
Rebecca Rustin the sea 
the fireworks 
rising
Ruby Spriggsbird feeder untouched …     alone again
Ruth M. Yarrowcircling each thigh 
             cool 
  of the night river
SenryuCarol Montgomery   small child 
afraid to throw away 
    his Church Bulletin

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1985

JudgesCor van den Heuvel and
Adele Kenny
Number of entries247
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 8:4;
A Haiku Path
First Prize ($100)Stephen Hobson,
Bellingen, New South Wales,
Australia
      in utter stillness 
the incense 
          changes direction
Second Prize ($50)David E. LeCount,
La Honda, California
early spring sun—
the spinster combs out her hair
for nesting birds.
Third Prize ($25)Ruth Yarrow,
Ithaca, New York
canyon: 
at the very edge
        riversound
First Honorable Mention Robert F. Mainone,
Delton, Michigan
Out of its slipper 
     her bare foot talking 
          under the table
Second Honorable Mention David Elliott,
Factoryville, Pennsylvania
      Burial prayers 
grandson playing hide and seek
      behind the stones
Third Honorable Mention Robert Kramer,
Everglades City, Florida
between the fireflies 
the changing shape of darkness
Fourth Honorable Mention Dorothy McLaughlin,
Somerset, New Jersey
My father’s hammer 
warm again 
in my hand
Fifth Honorable Mention Margarita Mondrus Engle,
La Quinta, California
under trees and sky 
     the baby studies 
     her hands

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1984

JudgesShirley Brooks and
Paul O. Williams
Number of entriesNot stated
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 7:4;
A Haiku Path
First Prize ($100)Adele Kennymigrating geese—
once there was so much
to say
Second Prize ($50)Bill Paulysound of her voice
carrying eggs 
across the ice
Third Prize ($25)Alexis Rotellamoving 
with the clock tower’s shadow
the flower lady

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1983

JudgeElizabeth Searle Lamb
Number of entriesNot stated
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 6:3;
A Haiku Path
First PrizeBill Paulyheart drawn in dust 
by the old Indian …
rain
Second PrizeRoss Figginswhispered dusk—
      a fox picks its way 
           across the ice 

Third PrizeRuth Yarrowmist 
lifting 
the loon’s cry
Honorable Mention (7)Ruth Yarrowsnowman’s eye 
sinking in 
the spring rain
Joyce CurrierAutumn afternoon: 
I stand on the shadow 
of the sparrow
Bill Paulyten below zero: 
man and boy walk through their breath
to read old tombstones
Margarita Mondrus Englehot wind 
the roadrunner’s beak 
opens and closes
Charles L. CutlerBlackbirds descend
through the floaters 
in this eye
Darold D. Braidathe old man 
closes the shadow 
in his hand
Ruth Yarrowspring drizzle 
rounding the thorn 
a drop of light

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1982

JudgeBill Pauly
Number of entriesNot stated
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 5:3;
A Haiku Path
First PrizeRaymond Roseliep              horizon 
wild swan drifting through 
      the woman’s body
Second PrizeChuck Brickleydeserted wharf 
the mime bows 
to the moon
Third PrizeElizabeth Searle Lamba spider’s web 
across the windharp 
the silence
Honorable Mention (10)Rita Mazurunder the back steps 
     catfish still flop in the pail—
          the long August night
Darold D. Braidahorns fold 
at my shadow’s touch;
brown slug
Sister Mary Thomas Eulberg      early April rain 
that woman fills every jar,
    seals them forever
Darold D. Braidadead mynah bird …
with each passing car 
its wing flaps
Edward P. WilleyPicking cotton—
      the memory 
           of birdtracks in the snow
Garry GayOld tea bag;
     tints the moon 
          slightly.
David E. Evansblackened walnut 
left unopened—
winter solstice
Thelma MurphyDistant woodchopper
inside the cabin 
axbite echoes
Richard Bodner    The grey cranes at dusk—
bending in a line along 
     the crooked fenceposts
L. A. Davidsonchecking for water 
the woman finds a full moon
trapped in the cistern

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1981

JudgesMarion J. Richardson,
Proxade Davis, and
Gary Hotham
Number of entriesNot stated
Results and
Judges’ comments
Frogpond 4:3;
A Haiku Path
First Prize ($50)Bill Pauly,
Galena, Illinois
Old woman,
rain in the eye
of her needle
Second Prize (2; $25 each)Gloria Buckner,
Fort Wayne, Indiana
The path shorter now,
underfoot the crumbling leaves;
the child runs ahead
Elizabeth Searle Lamb,
Santa Fe, New Mexico
cry of the peacock widens the crack in the adobe wall

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1980

JudgeGeraldine C. Little
Number of entriesNot stated
Results published[not published in
HSA Frogpond];
A Haiku Path
First PrizeRobert F. MainoneFields of snow 
     not only moonlight 
          but the moon 
Second PrizeChuck Brickleycold morning sea—
an old man towels
himself in the sunlight
Third PrizeSister Mary Thomas Eulbergfields of corn stretching 
as far as the eye can see
within           a lost child 
Honorable Mention (8)L. A. Davidson  crossing the bright sky 
of a near-sighted swimmer,
        the song of a bird
SoichiFuruta and yet 
perishable is flesh—
a mountain plum
Bill Paulywhat thing cries out 
deep inside us
cooking the turtle?
Peggy Willis LylesLights out 
… the firefly 
inside
Gary Hothamthe wind 
somewhere else—
bird tracks in a light snow
Sister Mary Thomas Eulbergapples cooking: 
in the aroma 
pictures of my mother canning
Stephen GouldDawn 
     another parting 
     with the moon
Gary Hothamback and forth goldfish hot & humid afternoon

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1979

JudgeKyoko Selden
Number of entries402
Results and
Judges’ comments
HSA Frogpond 2:3/4;
A Haiku Path
Winner—$100James O’Neilthe child 
points at the moon 
and says, “bird“
Honorable Mention (11)Darold D. Braidaone seagull 
on a shaft of air; 
dawn
Kirsten StrombergLean man 
Carving 
The tree’s dream.
Marlene M. Willsmorning-glory folds into herself into her folds
Cor van den Heuvelfrom behind me 
the shadow of the ticket-taker 
comes down the aisle
Michael O’Brien Walking to Work 
Pages lap at your feet 
The quick eye holds up the news to the day.
Tal StreeterPart of a dog 
walking by upside down 
in the roadside puddle.
Garry Gay Haiku
Where the ripple was
the fisherman casts his line; 
another ripple
Virginia Brady YoungQuiet strokes 
of night swimmer: the slap 
of beaver tails …
Raymond Roseliepnever expecting 
the lilies in November 
nor the small coffin
Michael McClintock      the room’s smallness
fills with light 
      this morning of snow
Joyce Walker CurrierThe way of the conch—
blueing in the sea, and 
echoing in the wind

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1978

JudgesMarlene Wills and
Gary Hotham
Number of entries587
Results and
Judges’ comments
HSA Frogpond 1:3;
A Haiku Path
WinnerElizabeth Searle Lambleaving      all the morning glories      closed

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1977

JudgeElizabeth Searle Lamb
Number of entriesNot stated
Results and
Judges’ comments
A Haiku Path (1984)
First Prize (tie)Robert MainoneOld frog 
    up to his ears 
        in moonlight
Raymond Roseliepreaching into sky 
the girl breaks the wish—
bone of geese

Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards, 1976

JudgeVirginia Brady Young
Number of entriesNot stated
Results and
Judges’ comments
A Haiku Path
First PrizeJennifer Virgilin a dark bag
onions
sprouting
Second PrizeR. E. T. Johnsonstill lake—
a hawk makes off
with its image
Third PrizeLarry E. Martin    skiers!
  standing
on the wind

Sources / Further Reading

  • “The Harold G. Henderson Memorial Haiku Awards.” Haiku Society of America Twentieth Anniversary Book Committee, eds. A Haiku Path: The Haiku Society of America 1968–1988. New York: Haiku Society of America, 1994, 330–46.
  • Haiku Society of America Haiku Award in Memorial of Harold G. Henderson. Haiku Society of America website: https://www.hsa-haiku.org/haikuawards/. Individual web pages for the results of each year of the contest with links to separate documents with the judges’ commentaries.

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  2. A Haiku Path, 330. []
  3. Haiku Society of America website. []
  4. HSA Frogpond 1:3, 1. []
  5. Frogpond 8:4 (November 1985), 8. []
  6. Frogpond 9:4 (November 1986), 11. []
  7. Frogpond 10:4 (November 1987), 23. []
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