Meritage Press (San Francisco & St. Helena) and xPress(ed) (Finland) are delighted to announce a Hay(na)ku Poetry Book Prize!

No submission fee is required. The hay(na)ku is open to all.

Prize for a Single-Author Hay(na)ku Poetry Book
Judges: Vince Gotera, Jean Vengua and Mark Young
Deadline: December 31, 2017
Email manuscript to: meritagepress@gmail.com
Information on the Hay(na)ku: https://eileenrtabios.com/haynaku/
Contact for More Information: Eileen Tabios at meritagepress@gmail.com

—A manuscript of 50-80 pages of hay(na)ku
—Contents can be all text and/or combine with visual poetry (but visual images can only be reproduced in black and white)
—Cover page with contact information of Name and Email Address
—No name or other identifying information elsewhere on the manuscript

Book Publication
U.S. $333.33
33 Author Copies
33% Author’s Discount off of retail price for additional Author Copies
(1 + 2 + 3 =) 6 Books: THE HAY(NA)KU ANTHOLOGY Vol. II, THE CHAINED HAY(NA)KU PROJECT, and single-author hay(na)ku collections by Ernesto Priego (the first single-author hay(na)ku collection), William Allegrezza, Eileen Tabios, and the Judges Book Anthology to feature Vince Gotera, Jean Vengua and Mark Young.

Selected hay(na)ku from finalists may be reprinted in a separate anthology.

The hay(na)ku is a 21st century, diasporic poetic form invented by Eileen R. Tabios and named by Vince Gotera. The basic tercet presents the first line as one word, the second line as two words, and the third line as three words. The words can be as long or short as desired by the poet. Information about the hay(na)ku is available at https://eileenrtabios.com/haynaku/ . Notwithstanding its basic form, the hay(na)ku is also open to variations—examples of such variations are available at https://eileenrtabios.com/haynaku/haynaku-variations/. You may also create your own variation (in which case, please make a “Note” describing the variation’s concept.)

Since its inauguration in 2003, poets as well as visual artists from around the world have picked up on the form as originally conceived as well as to offer variations. As of 2016, the hay(na)ku has appeared in numerous literary journals, the anthology Best American Poetry, and nearly 70 single-author poetry collections including 12 dedicated only to the hay(na)ku form as well as an all-Finnish hay(na)ku book. The form also has generated three different anthologies edited by six different editors, including judges Jean Vengua and Mark Young.

Vince Gotera

Bio as Hay(na)ku Sonnet

fiction writer,
creative nonfictionist, critic.

Ghost Wars,
Fighting Kite . . . more.

professor, editor,
North American Review.

lead guitar,
bass, drums, voice.

Namer, godfather: hay(na)ku.
Inventor: hay(na)ku sonnet.

Jean Vengua is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of Prau, a collection of experimental poetry (for which she received the Filamore Tabios, Sr., Memorial Prize (2007, Meritage Press)), and The Aching Vicinities (chapbook, Otoliths Press). With Mark Young, she co-edited The First Hay(na)ku Anthology, and The Hay(na)ku Anthology Vol. II. In the mid 1990s, Elizabeth H. Pisares and Jean Vengua formed Tulitos Press and published and edited the Debut: the Making of a Filipino American Film by Gene Cajayon and John Manal Castro, and The Flipside by Rod Pulido. Her poetry and essays have been published in many journals and anthologies. She is editor of the literary/art journal, Local Nomad (www.local-nomad.net) and her art is featured on Okir Analog (https://okiranalog.wordpress.com/paintings/). Jean lives in Monterey, CA.

Mark Young is the editor of Otoliths, lives in a small town in North Queensland in Australia, & has been publishing poetry for almost sixty years. He is the author of over thirty-five books, primarily text poetry but also including speculative fiction, vispo, & art history. His work has been widely anthologized, & his essays & poetry translated into a number of languages. His most recent books are Mineral Terpsichore, from gradient books of Finland, & The Chorus of the Sphinxes, from Moria Books in Chicago.  An e-book, The Holy Sonnets unDonne, came out earlier this year from Red Ceilings Press; another, a few geographies, will be out later this year from One Sentence Poems; & another, For the Witches of Romania, is scheduled for publication by Beard of Bees.