May 29, 2008

Hobart-- a fine place for writing haiku

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending a book launch at the Hobart Bookshop of the ink brushed distance by Lyn Reeves, vice-president of the Australian Haiku Society, manager/owner of Pardalote Press and haiku editor for Famous Reporter. In this book, which features a cover design by Ron Moss, haiku are interspersed with free verse to pleasing effect. The book is published by Walleah Press PO Box 368 North Hobart Tasmania 7002.

I was also delighted to be guest of honour at an enjoyable lunch, hosted by Lyn and Andrew Reeves and to meet haiku poets from the talented Watersmeet Haiku Group, with whom I have corresponded for years, through Yellow Moon and Eucalypt.

Extended meanderings through the amazingly beautiful Botanical Gardens and the lively Salamanca Markets, together the near presence of ocean and mountains, made it obvious why these haiku poets never run out of inspiration.

Beverley George

May 06, 2008

Wollumbin Haiku Workshop

Wollumbin Haiku Workshop presents its fifth collection of haiku on:

Previous collections may be found on the site under archives

Please feel free to send the workshop web address, to any groups or individuals you think might find it of
interest. Feedback is appreciated.

May 05, 2008

The Irish Haiku Society International Haiku Competition 2008

The Competition Prizes

The IHS International Haiku Competition offers prizes of Euro 150, Euro 50 and Euro 30 for unpublished haiku/senryu in English.

In addition there will be up to seven Highly Commended haiku/senryu.
Entrants may win more than one prize.


All the entries shall be postmarked by September 30th 2008. Overseas (non-EU) entries mailed in the month up to and including this closing date must be sent by airmail.

Address for entries:

The IHS International Haiku Competition 2008
75 Willow Park Grove
Dublin 11

The Rules of the Competition

1. Entrants may submit an unlimited number of haiku/senryu in any language.

2. A haiku/senryu written in Irish (Gaelic), or in a foreign language, should be submitted accompanied by an English translation of the haiku on the same list. These translations cannot be made by the adjudicator of the competition or edited by him.

3. Haiku by members of the IHS are eligible for the competition. Haiku by the members of the Board of the IHS are not eligible.

4. Each haiku must be accompanied by a fee of € 3 or £2.50 sterling or ¥ 500, or USA $4. Or with each seven haiku: € 20 or£15 sterling or ¥ 3000 or $25. Methods of payment: personal cheques, International Bank Drafts or postal/money orders in Euro, or U.K Sterling, or US Dollars only, are acceptable and should be made payable to The Irish Haiku Society. No other cheques/ International Bank Drafts/ postal/money orders can be accepted. Entrants in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries should send Euro, US, Sterling or Yen banknotes, unless they have an Ireland-, US- or UK-based bank account. Please do not send coins.

5. Haiku/senryu of 17 syllables or fewer are eligible for the competition. All haiku must be the original work of a living author. They must not have been previously published, self-published, published on an edited or unedited website, or have won a prize, or Honourable Mention, at a haiku contest.

6. The poems must be typed or very clearly written on one side of the paper only. Each haiku must be submitted on a separate sheet of paper.

7. The haiku and payment should be firmly attached to the entry form/covering letter. The name of the entrant must not appear on the poems themselves.

8. Contestants are asked to provide a covering letter with their name, address, Phone Number, E-mail address, Date of Birth, Nationality, Occupation, the first lines of their poems, and any Haiku group affiliation. The name of the translator(s), if any, must also appear in the covering letter but not on the poems themselves.

9. No alterations can be made to the haiku once it has been submitted, and it is regretted that no entries can be returned.

10. Haiku cannot be submitted via the adjudicator of the competition. Any attempt to contact the adjudicator of the competition in relation to it will result in immediate disqualification.

11. The judge's decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into regarding those decisions.

Submission of haiku implies the competitor's acceptance of the conditions set out above.

The prize-winners will be announced and awarded in early October 2008. A list of the prize-winners will be posted up on the IHS website at as soon as they are announced.

Copyright will remain with the competitors, but the Irish Haiku Society reserves the right to arrange first publication or broadcast of selected haiku as it sees fit.


Anthony Anatoly Kudryavitsky is the editor of Shamrock Haiku Journal and the current President of the Irish Haiku Society. His own collections include Shadow of Time (2005) and Morning at Mount Ring (2007), the latter being a book of haiku and senryu.

May 03, 2008

Haiku Dreaming Australia

Dreaming Haiku # 1 – May 2008
HaikuOz supports Haiku Dreaming Australia in encouraging haiku on Australian themes. Each month we showcase a haiku from the Dreaming website.

      pregnant again . . .
     the fluttering of moths
     against the window

                                  Janice M Bostok

Editor's comment First published in Minutes of a meeting of the Haiku Society of America circa 1973. From my first reading I assumed the moths were Australian bogongs, part of the tens of millions of their kind who head south in late spring from breeding grounds in southern Queensland on their 3,000 km journey to spend summer in cool caves of the Southern Alps. This haiku became famous without most people knowing the incredible “bogong story" but for me it enriches the haiku. John Bird

9th Annual Paper Wasp Jack Stamm Haiku Award - Results

First prize was awarded to Jan O'Loughlin for her haiku:

hawk in flight
recycling the wind
into himself

Second prize was awarded to Sharon Dean for her haiku:

coastal cafe
she suckles in the shade
of mum's cowboy hat

Third prize was awarded to Helen Davison for her haiku:

spring again
on the snow gums

Haiku selected for the anthology will be announced soon.

May 02, 2008

Haiku on Melbourne's Trains

The third Moving Galleries exhibition, featuring haiku and rooku by residents of Victoria will be launched in May 2008. This is a wonderful initiative set up by Rooku Troupe (Melbourne haiku poets Lia Hills, Matt Hetherington and Myron Lysenko) in conjunction with Connex Trains and The Committee for Melbourne. This promotion of artwork and haiku has attracted great interest from the public and Melbourne's commuters.

The haiku are featured on decals which appear on the inside walls of 20 Connex trains. They will remain on the trains for six months.

Launch Details:

Join us at the launch of Melbourne’s latest travelling exhibition of emerging art and inspiring poetry at ArtPlay, an historic railway building at Birrarung Marr.
Date: Thursday 8 MayTime: 6.00pm for a 6.15pm start, until 8.00pmPlace: ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr
RSVP by Wednesday 30 April to Annette Brook at [email protected] or call 9650 8800

Directions: Access to ArtPlay through Federation Square or from Batman Avenue. Car parking available at Federation Square. Please refer to map.