July 19, 2012

City of Perth Library competition 2012

• 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• Entries must be previously unpublished.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 paper.
• Student entries are limited to 3 per entrant and must all be on one A4 paper.
• 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 Thurs 23 August, 5 pm. Winners listed Mon 3 September.

Submit entries:
Deliver to the Library: level 1, 140 William St Perth
Post to the Library : GPO BOX C120 Perth 6839
Email :
(email poems must be sent as a word document attachment )

Prizes : 1st $ 100, 2nd $ 75 , 3rd $ 50

Entries will be judged by Maureen Sexton, WA HaikuOZ representative.
Maureen is also the Coordinator of the Mari Warabiny Haiku Group WA

Winners will be listed on the Library’s web page and in the Library.

Due to space limitations selected entries only will be displayed in the Library
during the National Poetry Week 3 Sept – 8 Sept

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

Mari Warabiny Haiku Group

The Mari Warabiny Haiku Group is a group of haiku enthusiasts based in WA, but open to all no matter where you live, who give feedback on each others’ haiku by email, share information about haiku and related forms, and events in WA. We all recognise the need to critique our haiku, no matter how experienced or inexperienced we are.

We will occasionally go on Ginkos (haiku walks) and also meet to read and discuss haiku. You are welcome to attend the walks and/or meetings but it most certainly is not required.
Mari Warabiny are Nyungar words meaning ‘Billowing Clouds’.

If you’d like to join the group, email Maureen:
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Haiku Submission Guidelines

The Creatrix Haiku Editor is Rose van Son.
The Creatrix selectors for haiku are Rose van Son, Meryl Manoy, Amanda Joy, and Gary De Piazzi.
To avoid disappointment, please follow the submission guidelines.

Haiku Submission Guidelines

• Publication submissions are only accepted from financial WA Poets Inc members (you can become a member no matter where you live (ie interstate or overseas). Just go to -
• Please send between 2 and 10 haiku for each issue submission.
• Email your submission to with ‘haiku submission’ and your surname in the subject line, with all haiku in the body of the email only (i.e. no attachments).
• Brevity is the key element in haiku. Around 12 syllables or less is ideal, but we will accept up to 17 syllables.
• In 1, 2, 3 or possibly 4 lines. Three lines is the most common setting out in English language haiku.
• That preferably does not use poetic tools, such as simile, metaphor, rhyming, punctuation (except perhaps a dash to mark a grammatical break), capital letters (except Proper nouns), titles, personification, abstract images and language.
• Haiku capture a moment in time, therefore need to be written in present tense.
• That preferably infers an awe or a reverence of nature and uses a nature reference, however, we will also accept modern haiku that doesn’t necessarily refer to nature.
• That relates to the senses.
• Juxtaposition of two images is preferable, but we will accept single image haiku as well.
• We are looking for the ‘aha’ factor.
• We will also accept senryu, which is similar to haiku, but emphasises humour and human foibles instead of seasons.
For more information on how to write haiku and what the editors are looking for, go to the Haiku Information section by clicking here.
Founding members of Creatrix Online Haiku Journal: Maureen Sexton, John Bird, Nicholas Barwel
Closing dates:
10th February for the March issue
10th May for the June issue
10th August for the September issue
10th November for the December issue

July 16, 2012

A Hundred Gourds: Ron Moss Guest Haiga Editor

Ron Moss Guest Haiga Editor for issue 2:1, Dec 2012 - Submissions open until September 15th.

Please see the AHG submission page for Haiga submission details.

A Hundred Gourds - a quarterly journal featuring haiku, tanka, renku, haiga, and haibun

A special thanks to Melinda Hipple, who has been AHG’s haiga editor for the past year, from Issue 1:1 through to the forthcoming issue, 1:4. Melinda now needs time to pursue her long-deferred, full time university studies. We congratulate her and wish her all the best.

Ron Moss, AHG’s resident artist, has generously agreed to be Guest Editor for Haiga for AHG 2:1. the December 2012 issue. Ron has previously served as a Haiga Guest Editor for Simply Haiku, in 2008. Ron welcomes your haiga submissions for the December issue, which will mark the beginning of our second year of publishing A Hundred Gourds.

Lorin Ford, Haiku Editor
for the Management Team
A Hundred Gourds

July 09, 2012

Minutes of Bindii meeting 7 July 2012

The Bindii group met at the Box Factory, 59 Regent St South, Adelaide from 10.30 am to 12.40 pm. Minutes of the meeting are provided below.

The Bindii group met at the Box Factory, 59 Regent St South, Adelaide from 10.30 am to 12.40 pm

Present: Lyn Arden, Lee Bentley, Maeve Archibald, Pam Brow, Martin Christmas, Margaret Fensom.

Apologies: Belinda Broughton, Jill Gower, Dawn Colsey, Julia Wakefield, Athena Zaknic

GENERAL BUSINESS: Meeting times have been changed to 11 am to 1 pm. Ginko at 2 pm.

Bookings for remainder of 2012 and 2013. See program below for the remainder of 2012. The two ginko meetings have been scheduled for the afternoon. Let us see what the attendance is like for that time of day.

2013: After feedback from group members via email it has been decided to make four bookings at the Box Factory Community Centre for 2013: February, May, August and November. There will also be an April meeting with Beverley George and Mariko (Japanese tanka poet) at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

Any other business: Challenges. Lyn will add some new topics, but there was a very poor voting response for the last challenges (only two members voted), not sufficient to put up a new showcase at this stage. There were also no entries for the June Challenge. Challenges will only continue if there are entries.

General Program of meeting: Lee Bentley distributed material on rengay and discussed the difference between renku and rengay. Those attending the meeting then wrote several collaborative rengay, working in pairs. More on rengay here:

Next meeting will be a ginko at the SA Art Gallery on Sat 4 August at 2 pm. Note the changed time.
Meeting Activity4 August
ginko at SA Art Gallery. Meet in foyer near café at 2 pm. Ginko for around 1 hour then meet at SA Museum Café at 3 pm.

1 September
haibun discussion: Belinda Broughton

6 October
Ginko in Rymill Park. Meet at café near lake at 2 pm.

3 November haibun discussion: Maeve Archibald

1 December TBA

The meeting concluded at 12:40 pm.
Lynette Arden 8 July 2012

July 01, 2012

Windfall: Australian Haiku

Windfall: Australian Haiku is a small annual print publication which seeks to publish fine examples of contemporary Australian haiku. Submissions are welcome in July each year.

Editor: Beverley George.
Founder and Manager: Peter Macrow.
Published by Blue Giraffe Press. ISSN 1839-5449. Hobart, Blue Giraffe Press issue 1, 2012 -
Designed and printed for Blue Giraffe Press by Picaro Press.

Guidelines for submissions:

1. Please head all submissions with your name, postal address and the date of submission, together with a statement that your submitted haiku are, “original, unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere”.

2. In order to extend the publishing opportunities for haiku poets in this country, and as Windfall will showcase only 50-60 selected haiku per issue, contribution is restricted to Australian poets, resident in Australia.

3. Submission period is June 30th – July 31st each year.

4. You may submit up to ten of your best haiku per issue but a maximum of 2-3 poems by an individual poet will be selected for any given issue.

5. Acceptances will be advised by August 31st after which date you are free to send any unaccepted poems elsewhere.

6. We are seeking haiku which are relevant to the experience of urban and rural life in Australia. Observations that celebrate landform, seasons, and our unique flora and fauna, are welcomed.

7. Please submit your unpublished haiku to Beverley George PO Box 37 Pearl Beach 2256 or email to with ‘Windfall’ and your surname in the subject line.

Windfall Subscriptions:

Subscriptions Manager is Peter Macrow
$10 for two issues, one per year for two years, including postage within Australia.
Stamps or cash are also welcome. Cheques must be made out to Peter Macrow
Overseas subscriptions are $15 in Australian cash only.

Copies to non-subscribers or non-contributors are $10 for the first copy and $5 each for further copy. Overseas $15.

Contact details:
Peter Macrow
Manager, Blue Giraffe Press
6/16 Osborne Street
Sandy Bay TAS 7005
or email:

Apart from haiku submissions, all enquiries and other business should be directed to Peter Macrow, email as above.