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
Enquiries may be directed to this address, or you can send email from our Contact page.
The Panel for Award Year 2015