Touchstone Distinguished Books Award

The Touchstone Distinguished Books Award is bestowed annually on published collections of poems, or works of scholarship, that represent noteworthy contributions to English-language haiku in the estimation of a distinguished panel of poets, editors and scholars. For current and past award-recipients, please see the Touchstone Archive.

What Books Are Eligible?

Any English-language book or other book-length production that is of or about haiku (and related forms) is eligible for an Award. The Distinguished Books Award is open to books published during the current calendar year. Awards panelists and Awards Committee members are not eligible.

There is no reading fee.

If you have a question about a book’s eligibility, use our Contact page to send us an email.

How to Submit

To qualify for a Touchstone Distinguished Books Award, submit two copies of the book you wish to nominate. The postmark deadline is December 31st of the current calendar year. One copy will be assigned to the panel; the other will become a permanent inclusion in The Haiku Foundation’s permanent hard copy library. Each submitter will be recognized as a donor to the Foundation and cited on the Donation Page of the website. If a submission is recommended for the short list, we will at that time request four additional copies so the entire panel may consider it. Award-Recipients and Honorable Mentions will be cited on The Haiku Foundation’s website. Nominated volumes should be sent to:

The Haiku Foundation
Touchstone Distinguished Books Award
PO Box 2461
Winchester VA
22604-1661 USA

Enquiries may be directed to this address, or you can send email from our Contact page.


The Panel for Award Year 2014


Cherie Hunter Day lives in Cupertino, California. Her second full-length collection of haiku, apology moon (Red Moon Press, 2013), received a Touchstone Distinguished Book Award in 2013. Her work is included in Haiku 21 (Modern Haiku Press, 2011) and Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (W.W. Norton, 2013). She edits the journal Mariposa and is a staff editor for The Red Moon Press Anthology of English-Language Haiku.
458px-Appolinaris._Chamomeleon._Sliatriceo._Narcissus._ Stuart Quine has focused on writing haiku in a one-line format (almost exclusively) since 1999. His influences are the haiku of Marlene Mountain, the translations of Hiroaki Sato, and, less directly, the one-brush calligraphy and writings of Kazuaki Tanahashi. He is the online poetry editor of the haiku journal, Presence, and he has been published in a number of anthologies. Stuart is currently working with Snapshot Press on his first haiku collection.


Chad Lee Robinson lives in Pierre, South Dakota. He served the Haiku Society of America as Plains and Mountains Regional Coordinator from 2006-2011, and will be assuming that post again in 2014. He has two award-winning chapbooks of haiku, Pop Bottles (True Vine Press, 2009) and Rope Marks (Snapshots Press, 2012). Some of his work is included in Baseball Haiku (W.W Norton, 2007) and Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (W.W. Norton, 2013).


Alexis Rotella is a licensed acupuncturist who lives in Arnold, Md. She has been publishing haiku for 35 years. She was appointed President of the Haiku Society of America in 1984 (Japan House, NYC) by Hiroaki Sato. In 2007 she was the grand prize winner of the coveted Kusamakura Annual Haiku Contest, and traveled to Kumamoto to receive the award. Her latest books include Lip Prints (a collection of tanka), Black Jack Judy and the Crisco Kids (growing up Italian in the Bronx), Elvis in Black Leather, and Ouch: Senryu that Bite, all Modern English Tanka Press publications.


Peter Yovu is sometimes under a spell, often over a barrel, increasingly beyond belief. He dwells in and on possibility, plausibility, and prepositions near Montpelier, VT.