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 2015


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.
Lily Rebecca Lilly lives near Port Republic, Virginia. She holds degrees from Cornell (M.F.A., poetry) and Princeton (Ph.D., philosophy) Universities and has published several poetry collections, including five volumes of haiku. She has two companion volumes of haiku on butterflies and wildflowers, A Prism of Wings and Light’s Reservoir, both from Antrim House, as well as two haiku collections from Red Moon Press: Yesterday’s Footprints (2012) and Elements of a Life (2014). Her photographic note cards and gift enclosures, some of which feature haiku, can be found at the Haiku Foundation gift shop and online at eBay and Etsy.
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.
Robinson 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).


Peter Yovu is the author of the chapbook Once You Have a Name and two full length collections of shorter poems, Turn to the Earth and Sunrise. Some of his aphorisms can be found on James Geary’s blog. He lives near Montpelier, Vermont.