Janice M Bostok Haiku Prize: Awards total $500

Entries close 15 September 2012.

The life and work of Australia’s greatest haiku poet, the late Janice M Bostok, is being celebrated with a significant new haiku award offering a First Prize of $350, a Second Prize of $100 and a Third Prize of $50.

This new award is international in scope – 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 judging panel will be led by multi-award winning haiku poet Jim Kacian, founder of The Haiku Foundation, and 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 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All entries must be in the haiku form in English and be the original, unpublished work of the author.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.

Australian residents can 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:

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.

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