Winners of the H. Gene Murtha Memorial Senryu Contest selected!


Steve Hodge, editor of Prune Juice Journal, and I, have completed the judging for the contest! The the three prize winners have been sent email notifications! The poems will be published in the July 1 issues of PJ and FH.

This year, we decided to change things up a bit, and will be publishing the ENTIRE short list from the contest. There are four or five dozen poems on the ‘short list’, and we will include them when we release the results. In the next forty eight hours I will get the emails out to everyone, but since we judged this ‘blind’ I have to do a lot of back and forth to get the names attached to the poems correctly.

We just thought there were so many great senryu on the list that it did not seem fair to not acknowledge the work of those poets as well.

We want to thank EVERYONE who submitted, but you did make it tough on us to pick the winners. Some wonderful poets, and Gene would be very happy that all of you are carrying on the form that he loved so much.

Steve Hodge and Mike Rehling

Lost my Internet

Folks, I lost my Internet last week, and won’t have it back until the middle of next week. We live in a wonderland of nature, but not much technology (which is good sometimes), so just be patient with submissions and I will get caught up as quick as I can.

So sorry, but this happens every once in a while.



The SECOND H. Gene Murtha Memorial Senryu Contest 2017!


The H. Gene Murtha Memorial Senryu Contest for 2017 is just around the corner! Please READ the contest guidelines carefully, and DON’T submit until May 15th!!!


P.S. If you want to know more about Gene’s work, just read his FREE e-book, Biding Time!