April 28, 2012

Janice M Bostok Haiku Prize

New contest offers $350 for first place

Australia’s greatest haiku poet, the late Janice M Bostok, is being honoured with a major new haiku award offering a First Prize of $350 with a Second Prize of $100 and $50 for Third Prize.

The new award will be international in scope and looks forward to attracting the very best of English language haiku from around the world – in keeping with Janice’s recognition as a truly international haiku poet and as a fitting memorial to her many decades of dedication to promoting not only the development of an Australian haiku voice but also her work on behalf of English language haiku as a global art form.

The large judging panel will be led by one of Janice’s colleagues and admirers, the multi-award winning haiku poet Jim Kacian, founder of The Haiku Foundation, and will include Australian Haiku Society president Cynthia Rowe.

An award anthology will be published by the award’s sponsor, paper wasp, of which Janice Bostok was a member for 20 years. The anthology will be lodged with various Australian state libraries, the National Library in Canberra and with the Tokyo library of the Museum of Haiku Literature in Japan to ensure a permanent record is retained for posterity.

The closing date for entries is 15 September 2012 and results will be announced in December 2012. The contest anthology will also be published in December.

First prize is Aust$350. The winner will also receive a limited edition unframed print of an original artwork by Janice M Bostok. The runner-up will receive a Aust$100 Second Prize and Aust$50 will be awarded as Third Prize.

All entries must be in the haiku form in English and be the original, unpublished work of the author.

An entry fee of Aust$10.00 (from within Australia and New Zealand, if paid in banknotes or cheques drawn on an Australian bank in Australia) or US$12.00 (international entries) applies to each sheet of three haiku submitted for judging.

Each entry of three haiku must be clearly marked on the back of the sheet or card with the entrant's full name, address, including country and postal/zip code and email address, if available, and any preferred pen name for use if selected for publication.

Please send your entries to Katherine Samuelowicz, paper wasp, 14 Fig Tree Pocket Road, Chapel Hill, Queensland 4069, Australia.

Australian residents can also submit their entries by email after paying the appropriate entry fee by bank transfer to paper wasp. Email entries must be submitted as two separate file attachments – one with the entrant’s haiku entry/entries and full details (Name/address/email) and the second attachment with the haiku entry/entries only. Email entries will be accepted from Australian residents only after providing details of the bank transfer of appropriate entry fee/fees. The address for email entries and details about bank transfers is:

Judging is double blind. The judges' decision is final, no correspondence will be entered into and entries will not be returned.

The deadline is 15 September 2012.

April 25, 2012

The 4th Kokako Tanka Competition

Entries for the 4th Kokako Tanka Competition are open until 31 October 2012. First Prize is NZ$200, with Second and Third Prizes of NZ$50 each. The Judge is Tony Beyer.

Send entries to:

The Kokako Tanka Competition,
Patricia Prime
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. Tanka must be previously unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere.
2. Entry fee is NZ$2 per tanka or 3 for NZ$5; overseas entries: US$1 per tanka, or 4
for US$3. Any number of entries may be sent.
3. Send two copies of each tanka, or group of tanka, with your name, address and
email on one copy only.
4. 1st, 2nd & 3rd tanka, 3 Highly Commended and 3 Commended entries will be
published in Kokako 18 (April 2013), along with the judge’s report.
5. Winners will be notified by email or mail.
6. Any theme is acceptable.

Any queries, email:

April 22, 2012

Haiku Foundation Video Archive

I'm writing to let you know about The Haiku Foundation Video Archive campaign.;=emal

Take a moment if you would to check it out. All the tools are there. Get perks, make a contribution, or simply follow updates. If enough of us get behind it, we can make 'The Haiku Foundation Video Archive' happen. This is a word of mouth kind of campaign, so passing this link along and spreading the word is greatly appreciated too. Thanks for having a look, and take care.

Jim Kacian
The Haiku Foundation

April 20, 2012

Ozku anthology: raking stones

Ozku's first anthology, raking stones, was published in April 2012.

raking stones is a beautifully presented,silk-finished collection of haiku, tanka and haibun from all six members: Dawn Bruce, Joyce Christie, Margaret Conley, Margaret L. Grace, Joanne Watcyn-Jones and Beatrice Yell.

The anthology is dedicated to the memory of Janice Bostok 1942-2011, haiku pioneer of Australia.

'In this anthology diverse voices are in harmony, yet each retains its distinctive timbre.'
Beverley George Editor: Eucalypt: a tanka journal. President AHS 2006-2010

A limited number of raking stones are available for purchase. If you are interested in obtaining a copy, please send $15 (from within Australia) to M.L. Grace, 64 Plateau Rd, Bilgola 2107 NSW.

Email enquiries to

(price includes postage and handling)

April 06, 2012

Vice President HaikuOz

Due to commitments Dawn Bruce, Vice President Australian Haiku Society, has regretfully handed in her resignation. I would like to thank Dawn for her contribution to the smooth running of HaikuOz over the past four years and wish her all the best for her future undertakings.

Lynette Arden, I am delighted to announce, has accepted the position of Vice President Australian Haiku Society.

Lynette convenes Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group and is currently SA Representative for the Australian Haiku Society in South Australia. Her poetry, including haiku and tanka, has been published in print journals and books in Australia and a number of other countries. In addition, Lynette is an experienced administrator, actively participating in a number of volunteer organizations which are outlined on her website at

Lynette Arden will be a wonderful asset to HaikuOz and we look forward to working with her.

Cynthia Rowe
President, HaikuOz