2016 Tokutomi Memorial Contest Results

The 2016 Tokutomi Contest Results Announced by the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society

by G. Longenecker, 2015 and 2016 Contest Chair

The Yuki Teikei Haiku Society announces the winners of the 2016 Kiyoshi and Kiyoko Tokutomi Haiku Contest. The judge for the 2016 contest was Marie Mariya, a haiku poet, literary critic, a member of the Assoc. of Haiku Poets and the Haiku International Association. She graduated from the San Domenico School , San Anselmo, CA, and majored in French Literature at Keio University, Tokyo. Marie explores haiku from an international standpoint. Her writing includes a book of criticism on haiku, One Grain of Cosmos. Her collection of haiku was shortlisted for the Haidan Award in 2014. She is currently working on a series of essays on haiku and Western Art for a major haiku periodical.

1st Place:

flowering dogwood—
mother’s belongings all fit
into one suitcase

~ Priscilla Lignori


2nd Place:

river baptism
the brief cellophane rustle
of dragonfly wings

~ Ferris Gilli


3rd Place:

four petals unwind
releasing a pink path stream
flowering dogwood

~ Marilyn Ashbaugh

An Honorable Mention was awarded to each of the following:

Kit Nagamura, Phillip Kennedy, June Hopper Hymas, Adelaide B. Shaw, Wilma McCracken, Joan Zimmerman, Meik Blöttenberger, Elaine Whitman, Marietta Jane McGregor.

Congratulations to all these poets and great gratitude to the judge.

The illustrated brochure of all the haiku and the judges’ comments on the winners may be viewed and/or downloaded here.