December 31, 2007

moonset CONTEST ll

DEADLINE: in hand by March 1, 2008
FEES: $2.00 US per entry, no limit on entry number
CATEGORIES: A = Haiku, B = Senryu, C = Tanka, D = Renku, E = Haibun, F =
RULES: open style, no theme, but must be unpublished and original work.

Haiku/Tanka/Haiga = an'ya, Haibun = Hortensia, Senryu =Ernest, Renku = John.

NOTIFICATIONS: ONLY winners will be notified by May, and results will be
published in the Spring/Summer 2008 issue of "/moonset /LITERARY NEWSPAPER"

First Place = one free bi-annual subscription to "moonset" for each
winner (or a recipient of their choice), and an Award Certificate.
Second Place = one free 'copy' of "moonset" for each winner (or a
recipient of their choice), plus an Award Certificate.
Third Place = Award Certificate.
Honorable Mention (one) = Publication in the next "moonset".

Submit ALL entries to moonset Literary Newspaper,
POB 3627, La Pine, Oregon, USA, 97739-0088 as two duplicate copies on 3
X 5 cards, or, 8 1/2 X 11 sure to put the category on the
back of all submissions and your name, email, and address on the
back side of "one" copy (not both). OR, email to [email protected]
with your submission-but include the category entered.

Wisteria Haiku Contest

The 3rd Annual Haiku Contest Sponsored by Wisteria: A Journal of Haiku, Senryu & Tanka.

Deadline: From November 1, 2007 to February 14, 2008.
Winners will be published in the April 2008 issue.
Full details at:

December 27, 2007

Wollumbin Haiku Workshop #4

Wollumbin Haiku Workshop presents its fourth collection of haiku on:

Previous collections may be found on the site under archives. Please feel free to forward this email, or send the workshop web address, to any groups or individuals you think might find it of interest. Feedback is appreciated.

December 16, 2007

Haibun Today

Haibun Today ( went online in Nov. 2007 with daily postings. It is edited by Jeffrey Woodward from Detroit, Michigan, USA with the assistance of Patricia Prime, New Zealand/Australia Correspondent, and Lynne Rees, UK Correspondent.

HT uses previously published and unpublished haibun as well as book reviews and articles relevant to the genre. Unsolicited submissions of haibun are welcome and should be forwarded to (at) gmail (dot) com. Authors should query before submitting reviews and essays.

Australian contributors to date include: Julie Beveridge, Janice M. Bostok, Sharon Dean & Graham Nunn

Haiku Aotearoa 2008

Haiku Aotearoa 2008, a conference for writers of haiku and related forms, takes place at Bishop Julius Hostel, 90 Waimairi Road, Christchurch, the weekend of 18-20th April, 2008. We of the Small White Teapot Group are finalising a programme to appeal to beginners and experts, which will enable us to learn, mingle and celebrate together. Highlights include Richard von Sturmer's Tanka Film presentation and the launch of the third New Zealand Haiku Anthology. The venue is a modern student hostel, with gardens and a park adjacent, close to Christchurch Airport. There will be a choice of living in or attending during the day, for some or all of the conference. Price for the
conference is $90, or $22 for a half day session, and full board at Bishop Julius will cost $201. For the brochure and enrolment form giving full details please email: Barbara Strang, [email protected] Alternatively if you wish to live in you can secure a place by sending $100 deposit to Judith Walsh, 44 Bentley St, Christchurch 8042, New Zealand before 31st Jan, 2008. Places are limited so don't delay. Cheques to be made out to Small White Teapot Group. Prices in NZ Dollars.
More details at:

December 11, 2007

Congratulations - Dawn Colsey

Dawn Colsey, a South Australian writer, has won the Kaji Aso Studio "Remembrance" Poetry Contest 2007 Haibun Award, Boston USA. Dawn is a regular reader at Friendly Street Poets, a member of the Kensington & Norwood Writers Group, and belongs to Women Writing at Sophia, a feminist ecumenical women's centre. She was first introduced to haibun at a workshop run at the South Australian Writers Centre in September 2006 by SA Regional Representative Martina Taeker. Congratulations Dawn

by Martina Taeker

A different path from Basho’s Narrow Road

Longing for peace and calm after such a busy month, I must escape from telephone, email, meetings. Goolwa draws me: quiet country town, extensive ocean beach. At night distant lights will twinkle along the coast. Monday morning dawns, a bright day of holiday sunshine. I pack the car…

I drive through jacaranda air
seeking stillness

The hilltop house is empty, cold, pristine though beautiful. A burst of yellow gazanias welcomes me. In the rear garden - natives in flower - Geraldton wax offers purple, and eremophila a paler mauve. In a vase these flowers give life to the solid wood of the family table. With dusk I begin to relax into the serenity of a sunset-painted sky. Darkness gathers. At night the storm breaks…

battering winds…
the house turbulent
my thoughts whirl

Can a dwelling less than five years old, even in a raging gale, be so clamorous? The gentleness of sleep is inhabited by clattering, banging, flapping. Footsteps on the stairs? The ghost of architect, builder, painter? For two nights, two days, wind and rain lash. At last the wildness ceases. Sun warms. Birds sing…

high above the wide bay
my loneliness becomes solitude

Dawn Colsey 8/3/07

December 10, 2007


MEMBERS PUBLICATION - Quendryth Young ([email protected])

The Whole Body Singing - Produced by Dragonwick. 90 pages.
Available from the author: 5 Cedar Court, Alstonville, NSW, 2477. $15 plus $2 P&P.;

These are haiku of celebration and honest recording in which elements of the diverse environment of coastal, northern New South Wales are given their full due. Respect for the genre’s tradition is evident in these honed observations but their ambience is local and their time is now. The Whole Body Singing makes a valid contribution to the development of English-language haiku written in the southern hemisphere.

Beverley George
President: Australian Haiku Society

Quendryth Young has found her place and voice in the world of English Language Haiku quite quickly. Her poems, while giving the reader a sense of place, also remind us of the universal human experience and spirit. The Whole Body Singing (which comes from the poem ‘grey butcher bird/the whole body/singing’) could not describe her work any better. Her poems are delightful! It is interesting to know that this beautiful work is written by a scientifically educated person. This proves to me that the scientific mind and nature can be comfortably in sync, the aim of haiku.

Janice M. Bostok
Patron of The Australian Haiku Society


The magazine 'FreeXpresSion' is promoted as "the magazine for writers that readers enjoy". It is edited by Peter Pike and has been in monthly publication for fourteen years. In January 2007 a haiku section "HaikuXpresSion" was introduced, edited by Quendryth Young.

During this year, HaikuXpressions has published material from fifty-eight different haiku poets. Of these there were fifteen overseas contributors. A number of poets were published for the first time, and some of these only began exploring the fascinating genre of haiku this year. Haiku submissions (up to five) may be sent to:
[email protected]

In 2008 the magazine will include a haiku section in its annual competition, which closes on 28 February, with a first prize of $100. For an entry form please contact [email protected][email protected]

Nocturne - submission call

3LIGHTS is an online gallery of haiku, tanka and related forms. It was founded in 2006 by British poet, Liam Wilkinson. For more information, click here.

Submit to:
threelightsgallery at yahoo dot co dot uk

We are now accepting submissions of haiku, senryu and tanka with a nocturnal theme (though all submissions will be considered) for our forthcoming exhibition, Nocturne, which begins in January 2008.

Please send up to 10 haiku/senryu/tanka with a brief biography. Please do not send attachments. All poems should be included in the main body of the email.

Unfortunately we cannot offer payment but hope that by showcasing your poems, we contribute to the promotion of your work as a writer.

If your work is successful it will appear in the exhibition and may be used elsewhere on the website. All copyright remains with you, the author.

Haiku report:Julie Simpson.

Julie Simpson reports that The Pencil Orchids Creative Writing Group at Wollombi in the Lower Hunter Valley celebrated National Poetry Week 2007 with a display at Cessnock Library. Their (70-piece grape vine shaped collaborative haiku, (pictures of which Beverley George took to the 3rd Pacific Rim Haiku Conference, Matsuyama, as part of her presentation), together with an illustrated History of the Haiku Masters -- from Basho to Koi Nagata -- attracted favourable attention and warm comments. An A3 sized Haiku a Day poster was eye-catching in the library’s front window and there was a colourful display of bird and insect kites, carp, bonsai, a paper umbrella and haiga (haiku paintings) in showcases and on the foyer walls.