The Haiku Foundation is pleased to announce The Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems 2020 Long List. The Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems recognize excellence and innovation in English-language haiku and senryu published in juried public venues during each calendar year. In 2020 we had exponential growth in the number of submissions to the Awards, comprising 1302 distinct entries. Forty-two editors nominated 945 haiku, and individual poets nominated 357 haiku. Haiku were nominated from 31 countries: Algeria, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nepal, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Philippines Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States. Our heartfelt thanks to the editors and poets who nominated poems published during 2020.
In the first round, the six panel members consider the entire anonymous roster and nominate their ten highest-ranking haiku. These poems become the Long List (56 poems this year due to a small overlap in panel members’ choices). In the second round the panel will select their top 6 selections each from the Long List, which becomes the Short List. In the final round the panel selects the haiku from the Short List that will be recognized as the Awarded haiku for 2020.
The Long List includes a range of haiku from traditional to experimental. It represents work from twenty-five journals. 39 of these haiku were nominated by journal editors and 17 by individuals.
Many thanks to our distinguished panelists: Chuck Brickley, Anna Maris, Pravat Kumar Padhy, Christopher Patchel, Michelle Tennison, and Angela Terry. They have been incredibly generous with their time and effort over the last several months. Their diligence, expertise, and thoughtful consideration have been beyond exemplary.
The Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems final results will be announced on April 17, as part of the Haiku Foundation’s celebration of International Haiku Poetry Day.
Bruce H. Feingold
Chair, Touchstone Awards
to be to become to remain to seem a mushroom cloud Melissa Allen, is/let (2020) through the cracked window a chirp of sunlight Kelly Sauvage Angel, Wales Haiku Journal (Summer 2020) within the song of a winter wren another begins Joanna Ashwell, Shamrock 43 first to go the pencil’s eraser Francine Banwarth, The Heron’s Nest 22:3 radish harvest a child’s tug of war with the earth Saumya Bansai, 25th International “Kusamakura” Haiku Competition, First Prize viewing the tree three generations of crossed arms Roberta Beary, Modern Haiku 51.1 co- v. id Helen Buckingham, Bones 20 midnight blue a grandma-shaped crater on the moon Hemapriya Chellappan, Blo͞o Outlier Journal 1 a hot date the gentle creaking of moored boats Marta Chocilowska, Frogpond 43:3 returning time a poppy seed drops the sun Beate Conrad, Sonic Boom 18 all the rage white masks Cherie Hunter Day, Acorn 44 rock, paper, flower the temple of forgotten things Cherie Hunter Day, hedgerow 133 on the altar with the host and wine hand sanitizer Karen DiNobile, Modern Haiku 51.3 a cloud becomes a cat the dr i f t of th in g s Lorin Ford, Presence 68 contact tracing a cold breeze sweeps through the meadow grass Jay Friedenberg, bottle rockets 44 crocus buds the flavor of my friend’s new pronoun Joshua Gage, Frameless Sky 13.1 zen garden every snowflake finds a stone William Scott Galasso, Wales Haiku Journal (Autumn 2020) tideline . . . a breaker delivers sea glass to an old sailor’s feet Beverley George, Kokako 33 windswept leaves— the memory of mother combing my hair Trivarna Hariharan, Isacoustic (July 16, 2020) finding deeper water the last skip of the child's stone Gary Hotham, Presence 68 in the space our light makes moths Gary Hotham, Gratitude in the Time of Covid-19: The Haiku Hecameron washing our hands— each soap bubble holds all the colors Christine Horner, GEPPO XLV:3 moving van . . . everything but the growth marks on the closet door Elinor Pihl Huggett, GEPPO XLV:3 rolling thunder what the heron swallowed kicks Humphrey, Jonathan, The Heron’s Nest 22:1 deep autumn now I am the oldest Bill Kenney, The Heron’s Nest XXII.3 steady rain might as well keep walking Bill Kenney, The Heron’s Nest XXII.1 fall starts measuring time in butterflies Craig Kittner, Bones 21 what remains after the river is gone this empty bed Kat Lehmann, Mayfly 68 saltmarsh dawn fish scales glinting in the otter scat Kristen Lindquist, Mariposa 42 long before language the S of the river Anette Makino, Francine Porad Haiku Award, 2020, First Place switching to a lower case i autumn stars Matthew Markworth, Modern Haiku 51.3 pre-dawn stars the rattle of glass bottles from a passing milk truck John McManus, hedgerow 132 bloodwood moon a starving dingo paces the rain shadow Ron C. Moss, Failed Haiku 49 dusk between the fragments of a prehistoric bird I recognize my mother’s beak Reka Nyitrai, NOON: journal of the short poem 16 behind a mountain mother's face becomes a lake Réka Nyitrai, Modern Haiku 51:3 look down for cosmos most roots form worlds Victor Ortiz, Heliosparrow Poetry Journal (27 Oct 2020) her eulogy— the sound of the ocean in a small shell Carol Ann Palomba, Mayfly 68 an orchid trapped in a paperweight child bride Vandana Parasha, The Heron’s Nest XX11.4 horse pasture the prairie wind moves with muscle Chad Lee Robinson, The Heron’s Nest 22:4 i c i c l e s t a r l i g h t Mark Rutter, Blithe Spirit 30.4 starlings shape-shifting dusk Olivier Schopfer, tiny words (3/30/20) adult coloring book I still can’t stay within the lines Adelaide B. Shaw, Failed Haiku 51 in the space left by twilight crickets Ann Schwader, tiny words (8/13/2020) before we were human the sparrow’s call Tiffany Shaw-Diaz, Heliosparrow Poetry Journal (10 Jan 2020) bristlecone pine such a long life with so few choices Barbara Snow, The Heron’s Nest 22:2 taking their heat with them through the barn door winter solstice Barbara Snow, bottle rockets 42 ripening pear the bruises that never heal Debbie Strange, #FemkuMag 27 pasture fence where the paint ran out a bluebird’s song Rick Tarquinio, The Heron’s Nest 22:1 harder now the ground beneath a pile of leaves Rick Tarquinio, Modern Haiku 51.3 our car never nearer the shimmer of black water on the desert road Richard Tice, The haiku pea podcast Series 3, Episode 24, 2020 sprouting grass— the slaughter tag in the lamb's ear Corine Timmer, Modern Haiku 51.1 blackbird singing light into the womb Stephen Toft, is/let (2020) what pines! what lady's slippers! when i take tomorrow's walk Vincent Tripi, Modern Haiku 51.3 rain-soaked earth a robin tugs one end of the universe Julie Warther, Frogpond 43:3 kicking the tires to stay warm — hearse driver Lew Watts, Modern Haiku 51.3 moss-grown stone a daughter’s age in days Mike White, Frogpond 43.3