August 22, 2011

Salisbury Writers Festival 2011 Haiga Results

Haiga results from Steve Davidson, Salisbury council arts officer.

Congratulations to the following:

Highly commended:
Sheree Furtak Ellis Haiga of the north
Lilliana Rose A moments rest
Sarah Reece After the storm

3rd Prize: Barbara Taylor Gingko window
2nd Prize: Margaret Rawlinson Breeze
1st Prize: Belinda Broughton Sunday

August 18, 2011

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2011

Hearty congratulations to Quendryth Young, convenor of Cloudcatchers, for having achieved the highest distinction in her category – Best International Haiku in the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival - 2011 Haiku Invitational. Her haiku

a blossom falls into
a fluffy cloud

will be posted on the website in the fall and will also be published in Ricepaper, Haiku Canada, and Ripples, all leading Haiku magazines and newsletters in the North America. As well, in the spring they will be posted in 500 buses and SkyTrains throughout Metro Vancouver, and be read at multiple celebrity readings.

August 17, 2011

New Haikai Journal - A Hundred Gourds

* Submissions for the first issue of 'A Hundred Gourds' close on September 15th, 2011*

Submissions and enquires may be addressed to :

Lorin Ford, Haiku Editor:

Melinda Hipple, Haiga Editor:

John McManus, Resources Editor:

Gene Murtha, Tanka Editor:

Ray Rasmussen, Haibun Editor:,

The editorial team of 'A Hundred Gourds' welcomes your submissions to our first issue, which will be published online in December, 2011.

'A Hundred Gourds' is a new journal featuring haiku, haibun, haiga, tanka, resources (articles, commentaries, reviews and interviews) and special artwork.

The journal's name is based on a haiku by Chiyo-ni:

hyakunari ya tsuru hitosuji no kokoro yori

a hundred gourds
from the heart
of one vine

(translation by Patricia Donegan and Yoshie Ishibashi)

'A Hundred Gourds' is managed by its editorial team: Lorin Ford, Melinda Hipple, John MacManus, Gene Murtha and Ray Rasmussen. Ron Moss will continue to support us in his valuable role of contributing and consulting artist.

We are dedicated to producing a high quality journal, and look forward to your submissions.

Books for review (hard copy only) may be sent to John McManus or to the haiku, tanka, haiga or haibun editor respectively.

Lorin Ford (haiku editor)
for the editorial team
A Hundred Gourds

August 11, 2011

The Seashell Game 2011

Hearty congratulations to Ron Moss in Tasmania, winner of The Seashell Game 2011, a unique form of contest in which you can nominate the poems of other writers, rather than entering your own, for his eloquent haiku:

starry night …
what’s left of my life
is enough

Shiki Internet Kukai, 1st Place December 2006 and then the Shiki Internet Kukai 5th Annual Poets’ Choice,1st Place 2007. It appeared in several Anthologies until it was published again as a Haiga in the haiku pages, FreeXpresSion 2010.

Ron explains:

This haiku comes from a time when I was fighting a long running bushfire in southern Tasmania. I was about to retire for a well-earned sleep when I looked at the night sky and a feeling of oneness and expansiveness came over me. It felt like everything was alright just as it was, and the danger that we were facing as fire-fighters would pass . . . as all things do in their own time. This haiku will always be special to me, and it continues to enlighten me in different ways. I’m deeply honoured that this little poem has found its way through the voting process, and that I’m in very good company with Janice Bostok, who was a previous winner of the prestigious Seashell Game.

Ron Moss

August 08, 2011

Grevillea and Wonga Vine Launch Report launch of this new tanka anthology began on the beachfront at Pearl Beach NSW on 24 July 2011.

Further details are available on Australian Poetry site.

August 07, 2011

Report On August Bindii Meeting

The Adelaide based Bindii Group held a kukai at their 6 August meeting and members enjoyed sharing the haiku brought in by other members.

Further details are shown below:

Present: Lyn Arden, Marilyn Linn, Alex Ask, Lee Bentley, Athena Zaknic, Belinda Broughton, Ervin Janek.
Apologies: Julia Wakefield, Margaret Rawlinson, Margaret Fensom, Dawn Colsey, Maeve Archibald

General Business: Our new blog is already proving popular for posting work. New challenge topics were suggested and will be posted on a regular basis several times a month.

Anthology: Final date for submission extended to Tuesday 9 August. Both published and unpublished work of members of the Bindii group will be considered. Please include any details of prior publication.

3 September: Talking about Tanka will be the theme. Bring in examples to discuss of your own and also other work that you appreciate. Any questions about tanka writing or ideas about this subject can be discussed. There are various articles on the internet and magazines which may be of use. If you have anything about tanka that you can bring in, we can share and discuss that.
Work in other Japanese genre is also welcome for workshopping at the session.

Visitors to the group are welcome.
Web site:
Minutes taken by Lyn Arden 6 August 2011

August 05, 2011

Wild about poetry Haiku workshop: Perth, 31 August

This workshop will be run by Maureen Sexton who is the Western Australia Regional Representative of HaikuOz - Australian Haiku Society and organiser of the Mari Warabiny Haiku Group.

Details are shown below.

Date Wednesday, 31st August
Time 10.00 am - 12 noon
Location City of Perth Library, 573 Hay Street, Perth
Cost Free
Details "One moment, please" What is Haiku? How to write Haiku? Haiku as meditation - being in the moment. Come and learn about this awe-inspiring poetic form.

Spaces are limited so ring early to book your place. Enquiries: phone 9461 3503.

This group is part of the WA celebrations of National Poetry Week 29 August - 3 September and the WA Spring Poetry Festival organised by WA Poets Inc.

2011 City of Perth Library Haiku Competition

Entries for this competition close on 16 August. Winners will be listed on the Library’s web page and in the Library. Entries will be displayed on the Poetry Wall in the Library during the WA celebrations of National Poetry Week 29 August - 3 September and the WA Spring Poetry Festival organised by WA Poets Inc.

Submission guidelines are shown below.

Entry Conditions
• Haiku and Senryu will be accepted
• Entries must be previously unpublished
• Adult entries are limited to 5 per entrant and must all be on one A4 page
• Student entries are limited to 3 per entrant and must all be on one A4 page
• The name of the poet must be included at the bottom of the page
• A separate contact sheet must have name and contact details
• The contact sheet must also list the first line of each poem
• Font size to be at least 22pt. Any style is acceptable
• Entries will be judged purely on the text
• Any pictures or decorations must fit on the page with the Haiku
• Entries close Thursday 16 August, 5 pm
• Submit entries:

Deliver… to the Library, 573 Hay St Perth
Post… GPO Box C120 Perth 6839
(Emailed poems must be sent as a word document attachment)

Entries will be judged by Maureen Sexton.

Haiku will not be returned unless accompanied with a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Overseas entries are welcome, but are not eligible for prizes.

Adult: 1st - $ 75
2nd - $ 50
3rd - $40
Primary School age:
1st - $25
High School age:
1st - $25

August 04, 2011

Polish International Haiku Competition: Entries close 16 October

Entries, written in English, can now be submitted for the Polish International Haiku Competition. The Final Judge for the competition is Jane Reichhold. Submission details are at: