|News:||18 Sept. 2022|
Announcement from The Haiku Foundation:
“In 2022, as part of its mission to expand possibilities for English-language haiku, The Haiku Foundation added The Touchstone Award for Individual Haibun to the two other awards in its Touchstone Award Series: the Touchstone Award for Individual Poems and the Touchstone Distinguished Books Award. Collections of or including haibun have always been eligible for a Distinguished Book Award; this new Award allows for the recognition of individual pieces.”
“All awards seek to reward excellence and innovation each calendar year. Results are determined through a year-long nomination and selection process and are released the following year on April 17, International Haiku Poetry Day. Award recipients are selected by independent panels comprised of authorities in the field.”
(For details about the selection process and the panelists, see: Touchstone Award for Individual Haibun.)
A few weeks ago, at the end of July, I was surprised and delighted to receive an invitation to nominate haibun that were published in MacQueen’s Quinterly in 2022, for the new Touchstone Award.
As stated in the guidelines, journal editors may nominate up to 24 haibun, depending on how many they’ve published overall for the year. The number an editor may nominate from each issue is based on the total number of haibun they published in the issue.
I’m thrilled for this opportunity to nominate a total of 16 haibun from the 70 that were published in MacQ this year. These 16 poems are listed below; in the first list by alphabetical order of author’s last name, and in the second, by Issue. There are no reprints included on the lists, since haibun that were first published elsewhere are not eligible. Also not eligible, haibun written by this year’s Touchstone Panelists: Marietta McGregor, Renée Owens, and Keith Polette.
(I was happy to learn that the Awards Committee will also consider nominations from individual poets. For details, see Entry Form for Individuals’ Touchstone Award Nominations.)
With much appreciation to the following authors for publishing with MacQ, I’m so pleased to post my nominations here for the Touchstone Awards for Individual Haibun. Results will be announced next Spring.
Nominations Listed in Order of Author’s Last Name:
Nominations Listed by Issue:
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