June 30, 2011

6th Kokako Haiku and Senryu Competition

Entries are open for the 6th Kokako Haiku and Senryu Competition. The first prize is NZ$200, with second and third prizes of NZ$50 each. The judge for the competition is Owen Bullock and the closing date for entries is 31 October 2011.

Please send entries to:

The Kokako Haiku Competition
Patricia Prime, co-editor
42 Flanshaw Road
Te Atatu South
Auckland 0610
New Zealand

Please make cheques out to Kokako
Overseas entrants may send cash at their own risk

Conditions of entry:

1. Haiku must be previously unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere.
2. Entry fee is NZ$5 for every 3 haiku; for overseas entries, US$1 per haiku, cheques acceptable or cash at your own risk.
3. Send two copies of each haiku, or group of haiku, with your name, address and email on one copy only.
4. 1st, 2nd & 3rd haiku, 3 Highly Commended and 3 Commended entries will be published in Kokako16 (April 2012).
5. Winners will be notified by email or mail.
6. Any theme is acceptable.

Any queries, email:

June 28, 2011

Paper Wasp Jack Stamm Haiku Competition 2010

Congratulations to Dawn Bruce and Jo McInerney for winning joint first prize in the latest Paper Wasp Jack Stamm Haiku Competition.

Dawn’s winning haiku was:

a flow of shadows
along the river

While Jo’s haiku was:

bare hills
the horizon looped
between post and wire

As Jacqui Murray says in her introduction to the Jack Stamm Anthology, ‘Both haiku have an elegant but non-obtrusive complexity that throws up one image whilst inviting more’.

Congratulations also to Jan Dobb for her lovely haiku that was awarded third prize:

from the sound of thunder
a rain drop

Greg Piko

June 26, 2011

The Heart of Haiku by Jane Hirshfield

Jane Hirshfield, translator with Mariko Aratani of the poety of Shikibu and Komachi in the 'Ink Dark Moon' has had a new e-book about Basho released by Amazon in the Kindle Singles series.

The new book is titled 'The Heart of Haiku' and is based on a lecture she gave several years ago. It is available from:;=A24IB90LPZJ0BS&s;=books&qid;=1309080107&sr;=8-1

Beverley George

June 16, 2011

Haiga Art Exhibition and Artprize: entries close 5 August 2011

The Haiga Art Prize run in conjunction with the City of Salisbury Writer's Festival is going national this year. All residents of Australia can enter and with a $500 First Prize this is one of the richest haiku-related prizes in Australia. Closing date is August 5th 2011. Further information including the entry form and the competition conditions are available from the website:

For general enquiries, email Steve Davidson at

June 05, 2011

Famous Reporter

Famous Reporter is a biannual print journal, based in Hobart, that has been running since 1987. Famous Reporter publishes poetry and fiction, reviews, interviews, haiku and essays. Each issue includes a section dedicated to haiku. Subscription and haiku submission details are available online. Please read the guidelines for contributors before making submissions.

Report of 4 June 2011 Bindii meeting

Renku Workshop: Lyn Arden gave a workshop on writing Renku. History and principles were outlined and then we divided into two groups to write shisan Renku. The shisan Renku started in this session will be continued by email and presented for feedback at the July meeting.

Present: Alex Ask, Maeve Archibald, Athena Zaknic, Lyn Arden, Margaret Rawlinson, Julia Wakefield, Lee Bentley.
Apologies: Margaret Fensom, Dawn Colsey, Jill Gower, Helen Pryor, Belinda Broughton, Veronica Shanks, Rachael Mead, Marilyn Linn. Pam Brow has resigned from the group due to other commitments.

General Business:
Anthology: Final date for submission is Sat 6 August. Both published and unpublished work will be considered. We are looking for any Japanese genre poetry including haibun, haiku, tanka, tan renga, senryu, Renku, sequences of haiku and tanka and visual work incorporating haiku and tanka.
Some people may wish to collaborate in written and visual material e.g. for a haiga. The authors will then be credited separately.
Finance for the Anthology: Alex Ask proposed that members be charged the full regular purchase price for the anthology and then it was up to them whether they sold copies or gave them away. He also suggested that members should be asked for a joining fee of the price of one copy of the anthology. Members would then receive one copy free. The consensus of the meeting seemed to favour this idea.

Forthcoming Meetings:
July meeting: Renku from the June meeting will be discussed. This is also a chance to workshop any other work you are considering submitting for the anthology. The more experienced writers in each form will be happy to give feedback and suggestions.

Lyn Arden
Email address:

June 01, 2011

Famous Reporter #43

Apologies to all those waiting for their response to haiku submissions to Famous Reporter #43. The next issue has been delayed a bit, but you will hear soon. Thanks for your patience.

Lyn Reeves

‘Notes From the Gean’, Vol. 3, issue #1 is now online

With this 9th issue, 'NFTG' is entering its third year of quarterly publication. The editorial team wishes to thank all of our contributors and readers for the continuous support you've given to our journal over the past two years. We look forward to publishing more of your haiku, tanka, haiga, haibun and renku/renga in coming issues. 'NFTG' is now accepting relevant essays and articles for publication, as well.

Submissions for the September issue are open until the 30th of June. Please check the submissions page for further details.

Lorin Ford, haiku editor, 'Notes From the Gean'