IHS International Haiku Competition 2009

On behalf of everyuone at haiku Oz I would like to congratulate Cynthia Rowe for receiving a highly commended in the 2009 IHS International Haiku Competition.

A full listing of results is below:

The Irish Haiku Society is proud to announce the results of the second IHS International Haiku Competition. This year we saw a significant increase in the number of participating authors. 218 haiku by poets from thirteen countries ( Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, England, USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France, Poland, Portugal and Romania) were submitted to this year’s competition. Many of the submitted poems were from the island of Ireland. This year’s competition was adjudicated by Anthony "Anatoly" Kudryavitsky, and it was judged blindly. The following is the list of prize-winning and highly commended haiku.

1st Prize

Mary O'Keefe (Ireland)

November sunset
a galaxy of crows
quench the twilight

2nd Prize

receding surf...
for every clamshell
a sandy wake

3rd Prize

John Barlow (UK)

some in, some out
of the ebbing tide...
the morning oystercatchers


Highly Commended Haiku

In alphabetical order:

Ernest J. Berry (New Zealand)

September wind
a better view
of compost bins

Clare McCotter (Northern Ireland)

stooping on the edge
of autumn
purple river grass

Roland Packer (Canada)

country fair
cornsilk at the feet
of the hucksters

Cynthia Rowe (Australia)

spring equinox
two pines leaning
into each other

Andre Surridge (New Zealand)

end of a stalk
the caterpillar climbs
a ladder of air

Ian Turner (UK)

sun fringed clouds
a carrion crow struts
from sleeper to sleeper

Andrena Yeats (UK)

horses stand in morning frost
one apart stares
at the space between