January 25, 2010

Review of Wind Over Water Anthology

A review of the Wind Over Water anthology by Patricia Prime is now up on Stylus Poetry Journal. The link to read the review is:


A poetry group dedicated to the study of haiku

The inaugural meeting of the newly formed ozku poets met at haijin Dawn Bruce’s home in St. Leonards on January 20th.
The group of six enthusiastic members will meet each month to discuss haiku, its history, traditions and various forms, as well as to workshop their own haiku. Present were Dawn Bruce, Beatrice Yell, Margaret Grace, Joyce Christie and Joanne Watcyn-Jones. Geoff Lucas sent his apologies.

The following haiku, by Joyce Christie, was inspired by the exercise – write a ‘summer’ haiku:

kangaroos bound
across blocked roads

Joanne Watcyn-Jones

January 16, 2010

Haiku Now! Free Contest

Join The Haiku Foundation in celebrating another year of haiku opportunities by entering the first ever HaikuNow! International Haiku Contest 2010. The closing date is March 31st and the winners will be announced at the end of April, National Poetry Month. This contest is free and open to all poets of any age and experience. Three categories: and prizes range from $100.00 for first place to $25.00 for honorable mentions. Go to for entry forms and more information.

ukiaHaiku festival and competition

The ukiaHaiku festival and competition welcomes submissions of haiku to the Jane
Reichhold International Prize category (formerly known as the Contemporary Haiku
category) from poets across the planet.* Poems submitted in this category may be written
in either the contemporary or the traditional 5-7-5 format.

Jane Reichhold is a haiku poet of international renown who has generously contributed her
time and expertise to the development of the ukiaHaiku festival. She is the author of
over thirty books, including "Writing and Enjoying Haiku: A Hands-on Guide." She is a
two-time winner of the Museum of Haiku Literature Award (Tokyo), and three-time winner of
a Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award. In 1998, in recognition of her contributions
to haiku poetry, the Emperor and Empress of Japan invited her to attend the Imperial New
Year's Poetry Party at the Palace in Tokyo. But more than anything else, Jane is a
delight to be with. Her love of Haiku as an art form is a reflection of her love of the
world. You can learn more about Jane and her wide-ranging interest in haiku and other
forms of short poetry at her website and in the attached essay.

Website Address:
Fee: $5 for up to three haiku.
Limit: Maximum 3 haiku per person.
Eligibility: age 19 and over.

Submission Guidelines:
If emailing: Follow instructions on website, or:

1) Send a separate email for each haiku to [email protected]. Send no more than three
haiku. In body of email include: a) author's name; b) email address; c) the category
(Contemporary); d) the poem; e) alternate/additional contact information;

2) Send the fee by snail mail to ukiaHaiku festival, POB 865, Ukiah, CA 95482.

If snail mailing: Go to and download the form. Follow instructions on
the form.

Deadline: February 26, 2010 (postmark or email date).

Judging: Internationally famous haiku poet Jane Reichhold will judge the Contemporary
Haiku category.

Awards: $100 first place, $50 second place, $25 third place, plus a small booklet of
winning poems and publication in that booklet.

Festival and Awards Ceremony: Sunday April 18, 2010, 2 p.m. Winners are strongly
encouraged to attend the festival to read their poems.

*The other categories, including a new Spanish-language category, are reserved for
contestants from Mendocino, Sonoma, Lake, and Humboldt counties in northern California,

Insect Haiku Competition

Details of our insect themes haiku contest can be found at this webpage:

We judge senryu, haiku, haiga, and any other "one-breath" poems as equivalent, and as
long as there is a reference to an insect or some related arthropod the poem is eligible!
Anyone can submit up to three poems for free (friends of the Insect Museum can submit up
to 10) by March 20th, and we have small prizes (US$15-20) for best in show, runner-up,
and best from a poet under the age of 13.

Andrew R. Deans
Department of Entomology
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 7613
2301 Gardner Hall
Raleigh, NC USA 27695-7613

Modern Haibun & Tanka Prose #2 - Winter 2009 published

MET Press is pleased to announce the publication of the second issue of the
biannual journal, *Modern Haibun & Tanka Prose*, edited by Jeffrey Woodward.
*MH&TP; 2* has been published in print, in PDF ebook, and in an online
digital edition. This Summer 2009 issue is 180 pages in a trade paperback.
ISSN 1947-606X.

*Modern Haibun & Tanka Prose* has established itself as the first and only
periodical devoted exclusively to these two mixed prose-and-verse genres.
Haibun and tanka prose belong to the ancient and venerable tradition of
Japanese poetry and belles-lettres.

Their practice has waned in modern Japan
but, with the continuing popularity of their respective parent-forms, haiku
and tanka, in the West, haibun and tanka prose are experiencing
unprecedented growth and diverse experimentation from New York to London,
from Berlin to Brisbane, and in small towns and open countryside around the
globe. Haibun and tanka prose are busily revising the general literary map
and, in doing so, quietly reforming haiku and tanka also. *Modern Haibun &
Tanka Prose*, a biannual journal, faithfully represents the full range of
styles and themes adopted by contemporary practitioners and intends to play
a vanguard role in charting the rapid evolution of these genres.

Check out *Modern Haibun & Tanka Prose *at

For more information, contact the editor, Jeffrey Woodward, at
[email protected]

Bindii Haiku Group December 2009 Report

Report to HaikuOz of the Bindii Haiku Group meeting 5 December 2009-11-07

Present: Lyn Arden, Maeve Archibald, Margaret Fensom, Marilyn Linn, Dawn
Colsey, Alex Ask, Athena Zaknic.
Apologies: Belinda Broughton

We met from 10 am to 1pm in SA Writers Centre.

The members present had previously decided to attempt writing a renku during
the meeting and opted to try a 12 verse renku as our first attempt at the
form. None of us had tried writing a renku before this, so we followed a
pattern of a 12 verse renku downloaded from the Internet.

We worked successively at each verse, first writing individually and then
putting them on the whiteboard for a general consensus by the group as to
which might make the most appropriate new verse. We found there was a fairly
even spread of work selected among members. This method of working was a
challenge for all of us and many interesting haiku came from the work,
including a number that we were not able to use in the renku.

One of our members, Belinda Broughton, will present a tanka workshop at our
next meeting, which will be held in the Box Factory, Regent St South,
Adelaide on Sat 6 February.

Lynette Arden

Going Down Swinging open for haiku submissions

Vibrant Australian literary journal Going Down Swinging is delighted to announce that it will be publishing
haiku/senryu/haiga in Issue #30. Send up to 10 previously unpublished works. Please read submissions guidelines carefully. Payment: $10 per haiku/senryu/haiga. Submissions open 15 January to 31 March 2010. Publication date: August 2010.

For more information, go to the website:

January 06, 2010

Call for Submissions: Haibun Today

Call for Submissions: Haibun Today—First Quarterly Issue, March 2010

Haibun Today, a literary blog devoted to the promotion of haibun since 2007, will become an online quarterly webzine in 2010 with issues in March, June, September and December. You can now find Haibun Today at as well as at its original address. Full access to the Haibun Today archives will continue to be available via either site.

You are invited to submit haibun and haibun-related articles and reviews for consideration in the March 2010 issue of Haibun Today.

Submission Guidelines are at Forward any submissions by email to Jeffrey Woodward, Editor, at [email protected].

The Betty Drevniok Award 2010

• Haiku Canada established this competition in memory of Betty Drevniok, Past President of the society. With the exception of members of the executive of Haiku Canada, the contest is open to everyone, including Regional Coordinators of HC.

• Haiku must be unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere.

• A flat fee of $5 Cdn (in Canada) or $5 US (for entries outside Canada) for up to 3 haiku is payable to “Haiku Canada”.

• Submit 2 copies of each haiku, each copy typed or neatly printed on a 3X5 card; one card in each set must include the author’s name, address and telephone number in the upper corner, while the other card with the identical poem must contain no identifying marks.

• Postmark Deadline: February 14, 2010.

• Winners will be announced at the Annual General Meeting in May 2010. First Prize $100; Second Prize $50; Third Prize $25 for haiku. The top eleven poems will be published in a Haiku Canada Sheet and distributed with the Haiku Canada Anthology.

• No entries will be returned. If you are NOT a member of Haiku Canada and wish a copy of the broadsheet with the winning haiku, include a SASE (business size, Cdn stamps) or a SAE and $1 for postage and handling.

• Send entries to The Betty Drevniok Award, c/o Ann Goldring, PO Box 97, 5 Cooks Drive, Leaskdale, Ontario, Canada L0C 1C0.

• Contest Coordinator: Ann Goldring

Lorin Ford featured on Blogging Along Tobacco Road

Curtis Dunlap's 'Blogging Along Tobacco Road' features many haiku poets from all over the world answering three questions which throw light on haiku poetics and practice.

Lorin Ford features in the first of the '3 Questions' series for 2010:

January 04, 2010

haiku from the 4th Haiku Pacific Rim Conference

In issue 40 of famous reporter published in Tasmania by Walleah Press, haiku editor, Lyn Reeves, has devoted the haiku section to work by delegates to the 4th Haiku Pacific Rim Conference, September 22-25 2009 at Terrigal on the Central Coast of NSW. Previous conferences were held at Long Beach, California; Ogaki, Japan; and Matsuyama, Japan.
Activities at the conference, in addition to the presentation of papers, focused on kukai conducted at Gosford/Edogawa Commemorative Garden, the Australian Reptile Park and Pearl Beach arboretum as well as responses to the remarkable dust storm experienced on September 23rd. These activities spawned a variety of lively haiku, many of which you will find included in this issue of the journal.
Information on subscribing to famous reporter is available on