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2013
Competition Awards

The Robert Spiess Memorial
2013 Haiku Awards

As a memorial to Editor Bob Spiess, who died on March 13, 2002, Modern Haiku sponsors The Robert Spiess Memorial Award Haiku Competition.

We are honored and grateful to Modern Haiku for the opportunity to judge this year’s Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award Competition. The theme was to write haiku in the spirit of the following Speculation by Robert Spiess from his book, A Year’s Speculations on Haiku (Modern Haiku Press, 1995):

Another of the marvelous paradoxes of haiku is that the better they express the suchness of entities the better they intimate the essential mystery of these things.

Eve Luckring and Lew Watts, judges
Billie Wilson, contest coordinator

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First Prize: Ernest J. Berry

midsummer
under a leaf
hidden from

 

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Two other haiku seemed to be of equal merit to us, hence our decision to award equal second places.

(Equal) Second Prize: Margaret Dornaus

alphabet soup
I practice cradling love
in a stainless spoon

 

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(Equal) Second Prize: Scott Mason

sautéed fiddleheads
    dinner begins
       with grace

 

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Honorable Mentions

 

overnight the spider's mathematics

John Barlow

nightfall
no decision
required

Julie Warther


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For this year’s Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award Competition, there were 256 entries from 66 poets in 8 countries.

Eve Luckring and Lew Watts, judges
Billie Wilson, contest coordinator

 

 

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