2021 6th Annual H. Gene Murtha Memorial Contest Winners

First Place:

how white the shirt
of the rapist

— Arvinder Kaur

Second Place:

first cry . . .
I too am born
a mother

— Agnes Eva Savich

Third Place:

white privilege––
a protester asks
to use the bathroom

—Kelley White

Read all 2021 honorable mentions and judges’ comments (PDF)

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Tia Haynes Named Prune Juice Editor for 2021

Exciting changes to announce at Prune Juice Journal of Senryu & Related Forms:

November Issue #32 will be my last issue editing PJ, as it’s time to step aside and welcome a new rising editor, performer, and poet for whom I hold the deepest respect. I’m delighted to introduce everyone to the next editor of Prune Juice, Tia Haynes, who will begin reading submissions for March Issue #33 on Jan 1st, 2021.

Tia Haynes is an award-winning American poet and stay-at-home mom from Lakewood, Ohio. Her chapbook, leftover ribbon, shortlisted for the 2019 Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards, and she was one of 17 poets featured in New Resonance 11: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku, which won a 2020 HSA Merit Book Award for Best Anthology. She has served as a guest editor for #FemkuMag and The Haiku Foundation’s weekly column Haiku Dialogue, as well as co-judge of the annual Marlene Mountain Memorial Haiku Contest. Her poems can be found in journals such as Frogpond, Modern Haiku, The Heron’s Nest, Presence, and Contemporary Haibun Online.

Please join me in welcoming Tia Haynes to the family! I look forward to witnessing Tia take the journal to whole new heights in the coming years. 

And to all the amazing Prune Juice contributors I’ve had the pleasure of working with as editor over the past six issues, as well as through the 10th Anniversary Anthology celebrations, it’s been a profound honor to read and share your work with the world. Thank you for being my teachers and inspirations over the past few years, each in your own way. I will continue to follow and admire your work in the decades ahead. 


Brent Goodman

Editor (2019 – 2020)

2020 5th Annual H. Gene Murtha Memorial Senryu Contest Winners

First Place:

the lingering notes
of an out of tune piano
burying grandpa

— Louise Hopewell

Second Place:

lockdown loving
the surprise of wild
nose hairs

— Roberta Beary

Third Place:

she takes a selfie with
the new wig

— Minal Sarosh 

Read all 2020 honorable mentions and judges’ comments (PDF)