November 29, 2006

Opal - Sue Stanford

Sue Stanford's latest collection Opal (Flat Chat Press, 2006) is loosely structured around the life cycle, and explores many different voices from a small child, to a recently dead old man. The location shifts between Australia, Japan and the UK, and the poetic strategies include use of imagery and shifts of perspective learnt from Japanese genre forms.

Availability: Collected Works Bookshop; Beaumaris Books; Flat Chat Press (email, or the author (

Cost: $20 (plus $5 for handling and postage)

Jeanette Stace (1917 – 2006)

low tide
I walk to you
across the sky

On 2nd October Jeanette Stace died peacefully after suffering a stroke. She was one of New Zealand’s leading haiku poets and made an important contribution to English language haiku, not only through her own poetry, but also by encouraging others to write and enjoy haiku. She received many awards for her work, but was always modest about her achievements. Jeanette was an invaluable member of the New Zealand Poetry Society committee for many years, co-edited two NZPS anthologies and judged the NZPS junior haiku competition. She was involved in the Windrift and Zazen haiku groups and helped organise several haiku projects, such as the Ikebana, Haiku, Bonsai exhibition in Wellington earlier this year. She was still leading haiku workshops in her late 80s.

Jeanette touched many people’s lives. She was warm, energetic and had the most wonderful sense of humour.

grandson’s visit
we compare notes
on his parents

by Vanessa Proctor

Red Moon (US) has new web-site

Red Moon's new web-site is
Be sure to visit.

November 25, 2006

empty garden

Beverley George's tanka collection, empty garden, is now available.
Details and an order form are on see empty garden.

This small book is exquisitely designed and is printed on quality gloss paper.

To read a review by Dave Bacharach, published on Modern English Tanka, go to

November 19, 2006

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2007


We are delighted to announce that the second annual Cherry Blossom Festival will take place in Vancouver, Canada, during March and April 2007.

We invite poets from around the world to submit one unpublished haiku inspired by the beauty of the cherry tree. Submissions must be received by January 11, 2007.

Top selected haiku will become part of a permanent stone Haiku Memorial at Burrard SkyTrain Station in downtown Vancouver under the cherry tree planted in 2006 to commemorate the inaugural festival. The Haiku Memorial will be unveiled at the festival's opening mid March and selected haiku will also be displayed on TransLink city buses and SkyTrain cars for a period of two months.

In addition, top selected haiku will win free copies of "Haiku Journey," a new computer game from Hot Lava Games that features 540 English-language haiku by 45 poets around the world, selected by Michael Dylan Welch.

Other works of merit will be published on the VCBF Website and featured at readings throughout the festival.
You may find submission details at by following the link to haiku.

November 15, 2006

The 8th Annual Suruga Baika Literary Festival - Call for Haiku

Three haiku from each writer. Additional haiku may be submitted but must be sent separately with required information and entry fee (if required). Prizes will be awarded as follows-

Prize of Excellence- Baika Literary Prize
Senior Division (college age and up):
Two winners will receive the Baika Literary Prize Certificate,commemorative goods and copy of the published book containing all winning haiku.

Junior Division:
Two prizes- same as above.

In addition, Awards of Merit will be given to ten people in each category. Each person will receive a certificate of merit as well as memorial goods.

Send all previously unpublished Haiku to Daichuji Temple. (Limit 3 Haiku per person)
We will accept entries only through Internet till December 15.
(Entry from only foreign countries)

Send by e-mail to:
E-Mail :

Send by fax to:
International entries-81-55-925-8778
Domestic entries- 055-925-8778

By mail to:
Daichuji Temple Baika Office
457 Naka-Sawada Numazu-shi, Shizuoka-ken
JAPAN 410-0006

All entries must include the following information:

1) Full name, address and phone number
2) Date of birth
3) Occupation
4) Haiku group affiliations, if any.
5) Nationality

Entries sent be mail must be typed on B4 size paper.

Entries from within Japan must be accompanied by a 2,000 yen entry fee. International entries are not required to submit an entry fee.

All publishing rights for prize winning entries revert to Daichuji Temple. Received works will not be returned unless a self-addressed stamp envelope with sufficient postage is also sent.

Additional categories in Japanese include Modern Poetry, Haiku, and Waka. Information in Japanese is available by contacted Daichuji Temple Baika Office.

All award winners will be notified by early February2007.

To be held at Daichuji Temple on February 11, 2007.
Winners unable to attend will receive their awards by mail.

Pinewood Annual Haiku Contest

2007 Pinewood Haiku Contest

1ST PLACE-- $ 100.00 CASH
2ND PLACE-- $ 50.00 CASH
3RD PLACE-- $ 25.00 CASH

Winners will be published in the April 2007 issue of Wisteria.

ENTRY FEE: $ 2.00-- PER POEM / OR 3 POEMS FOR $5.00


Money Orders should be made payable to: T.A. Thompson


FORM: Contemporary English-language haiku
with no rules as to syllable or line count.

DEADLINE: February 14th, 2007-- received.
Accepting entries from November 1st to February 14th

JUDGE: The judge will remain anonymous until the results are posted.
A contest coordinator (non-judge) has been Assigned to receive and log the entries.
All Judges decisions are final.

Submit two (2) copies of each haiku on a
3x5 index card. Entries should be typed.
One copy must have the entrant's name, address,
and email for contact purposes. The other card
with only the haiku. Please only (1) one haiku per card.

Entries must be mailed to the address below. NO E-Mail Entries.

Winners only will be notified by e-mail and postal mail. No SASE required.


Attn: 2007 Pinewood Haiku Contest
P.O. Box 150932
Lufkin, Texas 75915

Robert Spiess Memorial 2007 Haiku Award Competition

Modern Haiku is pleased to announce the Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award Competition for 2007. This is the fifth annual competition to honor the life and work of Bob Spiess.

Theme: Haiku are to be written in the spirit of the following "Speculation" (Robert Spiess, A Year’s Speculations on Haiku, Modern Haiku Press, 1995):

If a haiku is to have life it must have rhythm or flow — for whatever life is, there is rhythm. Needless to say, this rhythm will seldom be a regular meter, but will be a rhythm or flow that is natural to the entities of the haiku and their particular relation. When the rhythm is proper to the haiku it simply will be felt in an aesthetic mode of "rightness."

Deadline: In hand no later than March 13, 2007.

Rules: The competition is open to everyone but the staff of Modern Haiku, the competition coordinator, and the judges. Entries must be in English. Each entry must be the original, unpublished work of the author and should not be under consideration in a contest or for publication elsewhere. For purposes of this competition, appearance of a haiku in an Internet journal or on a Web site is considered publication, but sharing haiku on an e-mail haiku list is not. Note, however: the judges will be instructed to disregard any entries that they have seen before. Of course, entries should not be shared on Web sites or haiku lists during the term of the competition.

Submission guidelines: Poets may submit a maximum of five haiku written in the spirit of the above Speculation. Submit three copies of each haiku, on 3"  x  5" cards or slips of paper. Entries should be typed or printed legibly. The haiku should appear on the face of each card (one haiku per card). The poet’s name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address (if any) should appear on one of the three cards only, in the upper left-hand corner above the haiku; the other two copies should contain only the haiku. Please keep a copy of your submission; entries will not be returned. E-mail submissions are not allowed. Please follow the instructions carefully: entries that are incomplete or that do not comply with the instructions will be discarded.

Entry fee: $1 per haiku, cash or check (U.S. funds); make checks payable to "Modern Haiku."

Send submissions to: Billie Wilson, 1170 Fritz Cove Road, Juneau, AK 99801-8501 USA.

Adjudication: Two judges will be selected by Modern Haiku; their names will be announced at the time of the awards. Judging will be double-blind, and the judges will not know the identity of the entrants. Judges’ decisions are final.

Selection criteria: The judges will look for entries that hew to Western norms for haiku as published in Modern Haiku and other leading English-language haiku journals (no rules as to syllable or line count, etc.) and that best capture the spirit of the theme Speculation above.

Awards: First Prize: $100 plus a signed copy of The Turtle’s Ears (1971, out of print), inscribed by Bob to the previous owner; Second Prize: $50 plus a copy of Bob’s The Shape of Water (1982); Third Prize: $25 plus a copy of Bob’s Some Sticks and Pebbles (2001). Up to five poets will be awarded Honorable Mentions and each will receive a copy of Bob’s A Year’s Speculations on Haiku (1995).

Notification: Winners will be notified by e-mail or phone before the general announcement. Winning entries will be published in the summer 2007 issue of Modern Haiku and posted on the Modern Haiku Web site, , on or before July 1, 2007.

If you would like a list of the winners, please enclose a stamped, addressed business-sized envelope (SASE) with your entries. Overseas entrants should provide an addressed envelope and one IRC. These will be mailed when the summer issue of Modern Haiku is released.