2003 Haiku Awards
a memorial to Editor Bob Spiess, who died on March 13, 2002, Modern
Haiku sponsors The Robert Spiess Memorial Award Haiku Competition.
Theme for 2003: Haiku written in the spirit of the following "Speculation"
(Robert Spiess, A Years Speculations on Haiku, Modern
haiku of excellence are serenely vibrant. Although they seldom
are concerned with grand or marvelous events, or employ highly
charged language, or possess startling qualities, they nonetheless
are intensely alive in their quiet and deep evocation of aspects
of life and the world, aspects that can easily be overlooked.
In and through these haiku we are able to live more fully and
with a non-exclusiveness that lets us participate in and appreciate
2003 judges were Peggy Lyles and Lee Gurga. We received 376 entries
from more than 20 countries.
First Prize: $100 plus a signed and previously-loved copy of Bobs
The Turtles Ears (1971, out of print); Second Prize:
$50 plus a copy of Bobs The Shape of Water (1982);
Third Prize: $25 plus a copy of Bobs Some Sticks and
Pebbles (2001). Five poets will be awarded Honorable Mentions
and each will receive a copy of Bobs A Years Speculations
on Haiku (1995)
thanks to Billie Wilson for the idea of a competition to remember
Bob Spiess and for all her hard work as contest coordinator.