July 24, 2014

Perth City Library Haiku Competition

City Library Haiku Competition (City of Perth)

Submit your original haiku (limit of 5 haiku per person) by 5 pm Wednesday 27th August 2014 to City Library for the chance to win cash prizes:
In person: Level 1, 140 William St, Perth
Mail: GPO Box C120 Perth WA 6839

Winners will be announced Friday 5th September at City Library’s Poetry Week Open Mic with Kevin Gillam (12 – 2 pm) and posted on the Library Blog

Entries will be judged by Maureen Sexton, WA representative, HaikuOz. The judge’s decision is final.

For terms and conditions and more information email:

July 22, 2014

Entries open for 2014 Katikati Haiku Contest

Entries are now open for the 2014 Katikati Haiku Contest. The senior section (18 & over) offers cash prizes, thanks to the generosity of Kings Seeds - $NZ100 for first, $NZ50 for second and $NZ25 for third. Proceeds to the Katikati Haiku Pathway project. Further details are provided below.

Send 2 copies of each poem with 1 copy only including your name & contact details. For results send ssae or include an e-mail address. Entry fees: $NZ5/3 haiku or $NZ2/haiku.

Overseas entrants may use PayPal, email the contest secretary for details, and enter by email:

Post entries to: Katikati Haiku Contest, PO Box 183, Katikati 3166, New Zealand.

Deadline: In hand September 26.

Results: Announced in October.

Judge: Sandra Simpson.

July 20, 2014

New Secretary Australian Haiku Society

The committee of the Haiku Society of Australia (HaikuOz) would like to thank Greg Piko, who is stepping down from the role of Secretary of the Society after nearly four years of invaluable service and support. We wish him well in his future endeavours.

Congratulations and welcome to Rodney Williams who, I am delighted to announce, has accepted the position of Secretary Australian Haiku Society.

Rodney is a highly successful haiku poet and editor whose haiku and tanka have been widely published in literary journals both in Australia and beyond. In 2013, Ginninderra Press published his book, A bird-loving man. He is a valued member of the newly-formed Red Kelpie haiku group.

Rodney Williams will be a wonderful asset to HaikuOz and we look forward to working with him.

Cynthia Rowe
President, Australian Haiku Society

NZPS International Poetry Competition

NZPS International Poetry Competition: Haiku Section 2014

Congratulations to the winner Vanessa Proctor (Sydney, Australia), followed by Katherine Raine (Milton, NZ), Laurel Astle (Sawtell, NSW, Australia), Lynn Tara Austin (Christchurch, NZ) and Charline Pocock (Eketahuna, NZ).

Highly Commended were: Tracy Davidson (UK), Barbara Strang (Christchurch, NZ) and Dave Robertson (Katikati, NZ).

Commended (NZ, unless stated): Simon Hanson (Australia); Kirsten Cliff (Te Awamutu); Greg Piko (Australia); Julie Warther (2, US); Cynthia Rowe (Australia); Ernest J Berry (Blenheim); Patricia Prime (Auckland); Jenny Fraser (Hamilton); Elaine Riddell (2, Hamilton); Margaret Beverland (Katikati); Catherine Moxham (Palmerston North); Lonnard Dean Watkins (Wellington); Charline Pocock (Eketahuna); Barbara Strang (2, Christchurch).

To those of you who were not so successful, your haiku still have another chance - the second copy of your work is currently being selected for publishing in the annual anthology. You may not submit your haiku elsewhere until 31st August.

July 19, 2014

Red Dragonflies winter meeting 2014

The Red Dragonflies, with the inclusion of guest, Bill Tibben, held their winter meeting on Saturday 19th July at Vanessa Proctor’s home. With the smells of freshly baked bread and buttermilk cake with passionfruit icing wafting about us, we workshopped our pre-set exercises which had presented the usual challenge, i.e. to compose original haiku on topics including a night in the country, a winter plant, and International Friendship Day.

To everyone’s credit, there wasn’t one haiku written about the clarity of the stars. After we’d ‘broken bread’ and eaten Vanessa’s delicious cake, we workshopped our anonymous haiku drawn from the central ‘bowl’ which, this time, was a hollowed-out elephant, also harbouring chocolates. This is always a most enjoyable and entertaining exercise, as well as a highly amusing one, when guesses as to authorship sometimes veer surprisingly off the mark. As always, three hours exceptionally well-spent. Thank you, Vanessa, and thank you fellow dragonflies.

with you all days are Friendship Days –
we still can get the giggles drinking coffee…

Lesley Walter

July 07, 2014

Lorin Ford's 'a wattle seedpod' now a free e-book

Lorin Ford has made her book of haiku, 'a wattle seedpod' (PostPressed, 2008) available to all as a free pdf download from the The Haiku Foundation Digital Library. As well as 109 haiku, 'a wattle seedpod' has a cover by Ron Moss and a foreword by John Bird, founder of HaikuOz.

'a wattle seedpod' won first prize in the 2009 HSA Mildred Kanterman Merit Book Awards, the first book by an Australian author to be awarded that honour.

July 01, 2014

HaikuOz: items posted during June

The following items were posted on the HaikuOz website during June and can be accessed at

2014 British Tanka Anthology Competition

Review of two recent books on Haiku

paper wasp's September/Spring issue Submissions

Report on Bindii group meeting 7 June 2014

Windfall: Australian Haiku (submissions during July 2014)

A Hundred Gourds 3:3 released