As a memorial to Editor Bob Spiess, who died on March 13, 2002, Modern Haiku sponsors The Robert Spiess Memorial Award Haiku Competition. To learn more about Robert Spiess and his haiku, see the essay published in issue 42.2.
Theme: Haiku are to be written in the spirit of the following “Speculation” (Robert Spiess, A Year's Speculations on Haiku, Modern Haiku Press, 1995):
It seems that those haiku that have an inherently melodious quality are the most expressive and contain the most felt-depth.
Deadline: In hand no later than March 13, 2015.
Download a PDF of the 2015 Spiess Contest guidelines.
Speculation theme for 2014: Haiku are to be written in the spirit of the following Speculation (Robert Spiess, A Year’s Speculations on Haiku, Modern Haiku Press, 1995):
After the awareness of a haiku moment, the poet must select and arrange the words of the haiku in such a manner that when the haiku is read or heard, the words arouse or evoke in the reader/hearer those immediate feelings that the poet had. The art of haiku is that of the haiku poet’s feel for words, the selection of the absolutely appropriate words and the exact positioning of them.
see the 2014 Spiess Contest Awards