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January 20, 2014

FreeXpresSion Haiku Competition 2014 - reminder

The FreeXpresSion haiku competition closes on 28 February 2014. Note: First prize is now $120 for the best single haiku. A copy of the entry form can be found below.

A. Short Story: Open Theme up to 2,500 words
B. Traditional Rhyming Poetry: Open Theme up to 120 lines
C. Free Verse: Open Theme up to 120 lines
1st prize $250.00 ~ 2nd Prize $100.00 in A, B & C categories
D. Article/Essay: Open Theme 1,500 to 2,000 words 1st prize $100.00 for the best article
E. Haiku: Open Theme. One page of four represents 1 entry 1st prize $120.00 2nd prize $80 3rd Prize $50
HC and Commended Certificates will also be awarded in all categories if warranted

Closing Date 28 February 2014

Entries should be submitted in English, using one side of A4 paper, typed double spaced, using generous margins.

No names or addresses to appear on manuscripts. Such entries will be disqualified. Author’s name and address must be on the signed Entry Form only. The Entry Form may be photocopied. The Title (only) of entry should appear on each page of the manuscript.

Entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not have won a cash prize in any other competition, nor been published prior to the closing date.

Entry fee $5.00 per entry ($25 for 6 entries) and cheques etc should be made payable to FreeXpresSion. Multiple entries may be paid with one cheque or money order.

Copyright remains with the author; however, FreeXpresSion will publish the winning Haiku entry and all placed entries in the magazine and would like the opportunity to publish suitable entries from the other categories in the FreeXpresSion Magazine and in any subsequent anthology, subject to the author’s express permission. Results will be published in the May issue of FreeXpresSion.

Entries will not be returned and will be destroyed after the announcement of results; so please keep copies for your records.

The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. Please include a SSAE with your entry if you require the Results and Judges’ comments.

Submission of an entry in this competition will be deemed to be an acceptance of and agreement to these conditions. Entries failing to meet these conditions will not be judged and entry fees will not be returned.

Overseas entrants can use PayPal to lodge entry fee using email address pp14@tpg.com.au

2014 Entry Form

Please fill in the areas below and mail this Entry Form together with your manuscript(s) and cheque/money order to: FreeXpresSion, PO Box 4, West Hoxton, NSW 2171

Name(Please Print) …………………………………………Signature…………………………………………………….

Address…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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No. of Entries…………………. Enclosed please find my cheque/money order for the sum of $………
or I have arranged payment direct using Paypal tick box.

Please indicate the category in the first column with the title of the entry in the second column.

Category Title

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Entry Fee $5 per entry or $25 for six entries This entry form can be photocopied
Thank you for your support

January 16, 2014

2014 Sharpening the Green Pencil Competition

Haiku is truly an international activity and the Sharpening the Green Pencil competition is quickly becoming one of the most international haiku events. The 2013 competition, run by the Romanian Kukai Group attracted entries from 199 poets in 38 countries. Entries for the 2014 competition are open from 1 February to 28 February 2014.

Entries are to be submitted online in English, and all entries are published in an online book of the contest. The contest book contains the poet's entry in English, the poet's translation of the haiku into their native language (where it is other than English) plus a translation of the haiku into Romanian.

Competition details and entry form are available at:

http://sharpeningthegreenpencil.blogspot.ro/

January 15, 2014

Ron Moss: sumi-e haiga video on THF

Many will be familiar with Ron Moss's highly-acclaimed sumi-e approach to haiga from the haiku and tanka pages of A Hundred Gourds.

A beautiful video demonstration of Ron creating a haiga is featured at The Haiku Foundation, as part of its 5th anniversary celebrations:

http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/2014/01/06/the-haiku-foundation-celebrates-its-fifth-anniversary/

Something for Australians to be proud of and the world to enjoy! Thank you, Ron, for all you do for Australian haiku & related forms . . . a true ambassador.

Lorin Ford - Haiku Editor, Managing Editor
ahundredgourds

January 07, 2014

The Haiku Foundation Interviews: Beverley George

Jim Kacian interviewed Australian haiku and tanka poet, Beverley George, at Haiku Aotearoa 3 which was held in New Zealand during 2012. The video of the interview went up on The Haiku Foundation web-site on November 22nd, 2013 and can be viewed at:

http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/category/video_archive/thf_interviews/
and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hjDDaLeRiI

January 03, 2014

paper wasp 20th anniversary

In 2014 paper wasp is celebrating its 20th birthday, making it the longest running Australian journal dedicated to haiku and its related forms still in print. The journal was founded in 1994 by Jacqui Murray, John Knight and Ross Clark. The team was later strengthened by the legendary Janice M Bostok and, a short time later, by Katherine Samuelowicz.

paper wasp will mark this very special year with four unique issues. Two will take both paper wasp and haiku in new directions. For that reason, acceptance of broad-spectrum submissions is temporarily suspended.

Poets will, however, be given plenty of opportunities to spread their wings. The June issue will be dedicated to contemporary and experimental haiku, the September issue to senryu and, December to haiku with an Australian flavour/theme – for which overseas contributions are very welcome. Submission dates are May 1, August 1 and November 1. The March issue will be a nostalgic look back at haiku from paper wasp’s early issues.

Email submissions: ksamuelowicz@optusnet.com.au
Mail: paper wasp, 14 Fig Tree Pocket Rd, Chapel Hill, Qld 4069, Australia

United Haiku and Tanka Society

Past president of the Australian Haiku Society, Beverley George, was invited by an’ya, Principal Editor of UHTS (United Haiku and Tanka Society), to be the featured poet of the Premier Edition in January 2014. Details can be viewed at:

http://www.unitedhaikuandtankasociety.com/3spotlights134.html

January 02, 2014

In Memoriam John E. Carley

John E. Carley, translator, creator of the zip form of haiku, renku master, author of ‘the Little Book of Yotsomunos’ and ‘The Book of Renku’, died on New Year’s Eve after a four year battle with mesothelioma. As a renku sabaki, John was a teacher and an inspiration to many of us. His warmth, his wit, his loving-kindness and dedication will always be remembered by those who had contact with him over the years.

new year, new moon—
his footprints in the grasses
green in summer rain

- Lorin

Lorin Ford - Haiku Editor, Managing Editor
ahundredgourds

Vale John E. Carley

Australian haiku poets will be saddened by the death of revered haiku poet John Carley, author of the 'Renku Reckoner' (forthcoming from Darlington Richards) and sabaki (leader) of the writing team that won the 2013 Einbond Renku Prize (Haiku Society of America). John, who despite his illness kept writing and mentoring for as long as possible, died on New Year’s Eve. He had previously published 'The Little Book of Yotsumonos' (2012). On behalf of the Australian Haiku Society (HaikuOz) may I offer condolences to John’s family, and to his haiku colleagues and friends.

Cynthia Rowe
President: The Australian Haiku Society

January 01, 2014

HaikuOz: items posted during December

The following items were posted on the HaikuOz website during December and can be accessed at www.haikuoz.org

Bindii Minutes November 2013

New anthology from Snapshot Press

A Hundred Gourds 3:1 now online