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Volume XV, Number 1: March 2013
The Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Award
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Peggy Willis Lyles
Heron's Nest Award winner for Volume III, #10, December 2001
Isaac Newton reputedly claimed, “If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders
of giants.” By any measure, Peggy Willis Lyles was a giant presence in the world of English-language
haiku during the last quarter of the twentieth century and the first decade of this century. Those who
know and admire Peggy’s published work were enriched by the encounter. The scores of fortunate poets—
from newcomers to veterans—who corresponded with Peggy at her “turtlerock” email address during
her eight years as an editor with The Heron’s Nest were even more profoundly rewarded through their
firsthand experience of her incisive intellect and her generous spirit. So I am proud to announce
The Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Award, a special annual competition to celebrate Peggy’s life and to
perpetuate her haiku legacy as both a master poet and an inspiring mentor.
This competition honoring our beloved colleague will be underwritten in its entirety by the editorial staff of
The Heron’s Nest and a Friends of Peggy Willis Lyles Fund—there will be no fee to enter.
The top three prizes will include cash awards, and all awarded poets will receive a volume of Peggy’s haiku.
The First, Second and Third Place poets will each also be able to designate a library to receive a copy of
To Hear the Rain, Peggy’s 2002 hardcover collection. Finally, the First Place finisher will receive the
memento of a miniature crystal turtle, representative of Peggy’s haiku “totem.”
We are all very excited about this tribute to a truly wonderful person and one of the finest haiku
poets of our time. Haiku poets worldwide are invited and encouraged to enter their best work;
only the current staff of The Heron’s Nest and the contest judge (to be announced with the contest
winners) are ineligible. Full details of this year’s competition appear in the fact sheet below.
John Stevenson, Managing Editor, The Heron’s Nest
The Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Award for 2013
Maximum number of haiku allowed: five (5) haiku in English
Judging criteria: the sole criterion will be excellence
Judge: to be identified with the winners
Entry fee: none
Eligibility: all haiku poets other than the staff of The Heron’s Nest, and the contest judge.
First Place - $150 plus a copy of To Hear the Rain (as well as a copy to a library of the award winner’s choice) plus a miniature crystal turtle.|
Second Place - $75 plus a copy of To Hear the Rain (as well as a copy to a library of the award winner’s choice).
Third Place - $50 plus a copy of To Hear the Rain (as well as a copy to a library of the award winner’s choice).
Honorable Mention - (up to five recipients) - a copy of phosphorescence, a softbound selection of Peggy’s work from Red Moon Press (part of its Postscript Series).
NOTE: monetary awards to non-US winners will be made through PayPal, where possible, in order to avoid the high cost of bank processing fees.
Deadline for entries: June 1, 2013
How to enter:
By email to John Stevenson at email@example.com (put “Peggy Willis Lyles
Haiku Award” in the subject line; provide haiku in the body of the email only—
attachments will not be opened; include your name and your location as you
would like to see each listed) The submitted poems must neither be published;
accepted for publication; nor under consideration by anyone other than us before
we announce the contest results.
Announcement of results: July 31, 2013
We are pleased to present the selected works for the Volume 14 (2012) illustration contest.
As in previous years, we were blessed with hundreds of images from which to choose.
Our deepest thanks to the talented individuals who offered us their work and our hearty
congratulations to the creators of these selected images!
John Stevenson, Managing Editor
The Heron's Nest
Barbara A. Taylor, Front Cover
Christopher Herold, Spring
Ron Moss, Summer
Michele L. Harvey, Autumn
Sandra Simpson, Winter
Cherie Hunter Day, Overview
Claudia Brefeld, Back Cover
Scott Larson, Readers' Choice
NOTE: Copies of the earlier in-print annual editions, Volumes 10-13, are still available. Volume 14,
which will be available in April, 2013 can be pre-ordered at the same rates as previous volumes.
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postpaid. Orders may be sent to John Stevenson / PO Box 122 / Nassau, NY 12123 / USA.
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