4th Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum Haiku Contest

Professor Oba at the Basho Memorial Museum in Yamagata, Japan, invites Australian entries by 11 June for the Museum’s 2012 English language haiku competition.

Guidelines for Submissions

1 Conditions for Submission: Only unpublished English haiku poems are eligible for submission. Each applicant is allowed to submit up to two poems. A Japanese translation should be included with each poem when possible, but non-Japanese applicants are not required to attach a translation.

2 Judging: The judging panel will consist of Takeshi Iijima (President of the International Association of Japanese Studies, Professor Emeritus of Yamagata University), Noboru Oba (President of the Association of Culture & Tourism Promotion of the Yamadera Area and former President of the Yamagata Prefecture English Education Research Association), Jo Marinokōji (poet and critic), and Lisa Somers (Yamagata University part-time instructor, translator).

3 Divisions:
(1) Division One: college students, general public
(2) Division Two : junior high school students
(3) Division Three: high school students
(4) Division Four: non-Japanese

Only Division 4 is open to non-Japanese entrants.

4 Application procedure:
Haiku submissions may be submitted by post, email, or fax. Applicants are also requested to give their division, name, age and sex (optional), and contact information (address, phone number, email address [if any]). Age, sex, and contact information will not be made public. Junior and senior high school students should include their school name and grade, and Japanese applicants are asked to give the phonetic reading of their name.

5 Participation fee: None

6 Deadline: Applications should be postmarked no later than Friday, June 11, 2011.

7 Submissions: Haiku submissions and inquiries may be sent by post, fax, or email to:

Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum
4223 Nanin Yamadera
Yamagata-shi, Yamagata-ken, 999-3301 JAPAN

Phone: (0)23-695-2221 Fax: (0)23-695-2552
email address:

8 Prizes: In each division, one grand prize and two distinguished work prizes will be awarded. Recipients will receive a certificate printed in both English and Japanese as well as an additional prize.

9 Announcement of judging results:
Prize winners will be notified by mail and will be invited to attend the awards ceremony, which will be held on July 15, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. Prize-winning haiku poems will be displayed on the Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum website during the month of July, 2012. All haiku entries will appear in the Haiku Submission Collection, and to ensure easy understandability, any unintentional spelling mistakes found in haiku submissions will be corrected by Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum staff.