February 28, 2015

Kaji Aso Studio Haiku Contest 2015

Entries are invited for this year’s Kaji Aso Studio Haiku Contest, conducted by the Boston Haiku Society (Massachusetts, USA).

Poets may submit as many haiku and/ or senryu as they wish (but should please mark senryu clearly as such) – all poems entered can be placed in the body of one email, or on a single sheet of paper, mailed in letter form.

Entries must be emailed/ posted by April 15, 2015.

After an entry fee of $2 USD per poem has been paid through Paypal, entries may be submitted via email through this address: – please include HAIKU CONTEST in the email’s title line.

With an IRC also enclosed (so as to allow for notification of results), international contestants can instead post entries by mail to:

Kaji Aso Studio Haiku Contest
40 Saint Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115

In making payment through Paypal, entrants should go to

On the Kaji Aso Studio Haiku Contest page, contributors will find a Paypal button, with instructions about how to use it in order to pay fees for the contest.

Winning entries from 2014 and previous years can also be seen through that link.

Prize money for best haiku (in USD): first place - $250; second - $100; third - $50; best senryu - $50.

Each poem entered should be unpublished and should not currently be under consideration elsewhere.

All rights will revert to the authors after June, 2015, when the winners will be announced.

John Ziemba, Boston Haiku Society

February 22, 2015

Ron C. Moss wins Heron’s Nest Readers’ Choice Award 2014

Leading Australian haiku poet Ron C. Moss has won the prestigious Heron’s Nest Readers’ Choice Award for 2014 for the following haiku (included in the December issue):

old horses
endless days of rain
in their eyes

This haiku received 25 nominations, totalling 188 points.

Further details can be viewed at this link:

Ron C. Moss also won the Grand Prize for the largest total number of points awarded to any poet for a body of work represented in Volume 16 of The Heron’s Nest.

(Thanks to Simon Hanson for forwarding the above information.)

Meanwhile, it has been a very noteworthy week in haiku for Ron C. Moss in other ways too.

On Friday evening (February 20), the successful launch of his new haiku collection “The Bone Carver” was very well attended down in Hobart, with nearly 60 people present.

“There was plenty of haiku reading”, as Ron himself has noted in thanks, with former AHS President Beverley George giving a “wonderful speech.”

Rodney Williams

Iris Haiku Contest – Croatia, 2015

English-language poets are encouraged to enter the Iris Haiku Contest in Croatia.

Theme for this year’s contest: Light

Deadline: December 31, 2015

Entrants should please email three (3) unpublished haiku/ senryu - in English - to:

Please use the following subject line for emailed entries: Light - Iris Haiku Contest

Poets from the region of the former Yugoslavia are welcome to submit haiku in their own language: such entries will be translated into English and then judged in the international section.

Winners will be advised via email, with results also published in “Iris” in 2016 – a copy of this magazine will then be sent to the awarded authors as a gift.

D.V. Rozic, Croatia

Pumpkin Festival Haiku Contest – Croatia, 2015

The Tourist Board of the Croatian town of Ivanić Grad – working in conjunction with the “Three Rivers” Haiku Association from Croatia – welcomes entries to an international haiku contest with an English-language base.

Competition theme: Pumpkin/Gourd (although this need not necessarily be mentioned directly in haiku that are entered).

Entrants should submit three (3) haiku.

Deadline: June 30, 2015

All poets writing haiku in English are encouraged to participate.

Poets from the region comprised by the former Yugoslavia are also welcome to send haiku written in their own language: such submissions will be translated into English and judged in the international section.

Email enquiries to:

Entries may be emailed to:>SUBJECT:PUMPKIN 2015

Results will be published in “Iris” in 2016, with the winners informed accordingly.

D.V. Rozic, Croatia

Sharpening the Green Pencil Haiku Contest

The Sharpening the Green Pencil Haiku Contest will remain open until February 28.

Poets are welcome to offer one (1) haiku not previously published in any form – there is no set theme.

Poems should be submitted in English, but poets may also submit a variation in their own native language.

For further details, please see

Best wishes,

Eduard TARA

February 14, 2015

Windfall Issue 3: 2015

‘Windfall: Australian Haiku’ Issue 3 2015 has now been mailed to all subscribers.

The issue features the work of 53 Australian poets and is published by Peter Macrow's Blue Giraffe Press, edited by Beverley George, with a cover design by Ron C Moss.

The annual submission window for Windfall is July only.

Send up to six haiku on an Australian theme to

For subscriptions and all other business, write with an SSAE to the publisher:

Peter Macrow
6/16 Osborne Street
Sandy Bay Tasmania 7005

$10 provides one issue a year for 2 years, postage included.

Cheques should be made out to Peter Macrow. Cash or stamps are also welcome.

Overseas: $15 in Australian currency, includes postage.

‘Windfall: Australian Haiku’ Issue 3 2015 will be launched by Robyn Mathieson at Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, 91 Murray Street, Hobart, Tasmania on Friday 20th of February at 5:30 PM.

This will follow directly after the launch by Beverley George of Ron C. Moss’ prize winning haiku collection ‘The Bone Carver’, published by Snapshot Press.

RSVP to Ron Moss

Beverley George

Launching Ron C. Moss’ The Bone Carver & Windfall 3

Ron C. Moss’ collection of prize-winning haiku The Bone Carver will be launched by Beverley George (former President of the Australian Haiku Society) on Friday, February 20.

To commence at 5.30 p.m., the launch will take place at Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts (Ground Floor, 91 Murray Street, Hobart).

RSVP to Ron C. Moss,

Signed copies of The Bone Carver are available by mail by contacting this address.

Following the launch of Ron’s book, Robyn Mathison will also launch Windfall: Australian Haiku, Issue 3, edited by Beverley George and published by Peter Macrow through Blue Giraffe Press.

Supporters of Australian haiku in a position to do so are strongly encouraged to attend.

February 08, 2015

Issue # 30 of Shamrock now online

The new issue of Shamrock (No. 30) is now available online at:

It has a big selection of English-language haiku from all over the world, plus translated haiku (from Belorussian), as well as two haibun.

It also announces the winners of Shamrock Readers’ Choice Award for the best haiku and senryu published in Shamrock in 2014.

Many thanks to all contributors. Hopefully readers will enjoy this latest edition.

Irish Haiku Society

Results of the 5th Kokako International Tanka Competition

The following poem is the winner of the 5th Kokako Tanka Competition in New Zealand:

1st Prize

hush at the pond
where you spent many days
your loneliness is still there
among the weeping willows

D.V. Rozic, Croatia

2nd Prize in the 5th Kokako Tanka Competition went to:

oleander leaves
dew-starched and heavy
with moonlight
when the surgeon says
we didn’t get it all

David Terelinck, Australia

3rd Prize

the way the light falls
on the shadow by the door
you could be standing there
for my touch

Penny Pruden (NZ)

Tanka by Aalix Roake (New Zealand), Chen-ou Liu (USA) and Ken Slaughter (USA) were judged as Highly Commended.

Poems entered by Seren Fargo (USA), Karen Butterworth (NZ) and Anne Hollier Ruddy (NZ) were Commended.

Five other tanka were also given a Special Mention.

The Judge’s Report will be included in the April edition of Kokako.

Patricia Prime

Result from Golden Triangle Haiku Contest

Australian haiku poet Simon Hanson has won second place in the Golden Triangle Haiku Contest in the United States with the following haiku:

midnight snow
whispers of light
in the darkness

The competition was winter-themed. Sixty poems were chosen for display in flower beds along the streets of Washington DC during the American winter.

Simon was also awarded an honourable mention and given runner-up for three other haiku in this contest.

Further details can be accessed through the following link:

February 07, 2015

Report on the February 2015 Meeting of Bindii Japanese Genres Poetry Group

Bindii Meeting: 7 February 2015 was held at the Box Factory, Adelaide from 12 pm – 2 pm.
The meeting, chaired by Lee Bentley, concentrated on organizational details for the launch of our new anthology: Haiku Bindii: Willow Light. The anthology will be launched on Saturday 25 April 2015 at the Box Factory Community Centre.

The anthology will contain haiku, tanka, haibun and haiga by Bindii group members. An afternoon launch is planned, from 2 pm. An invitation will be circulated and placed on our website.
Further details for the launch will be discussed at the next meeting on 11 April.

GENERAL WORKSHOP: Members shared their tanka, haiku and haibun for workshop.
Lee Bentley has invited members to send her their offers of workshops for the 2015 Bindii program.

SATURDAY 11 APRIL 2015 AT THE BOX FACTORY: Karin Anderson will give a workshop on some of the less known Japanese poetry genres. There will also be general workshop of members’ work.

Lyn Arden
7 February 2015

February 01, 2015

HaikuOz items posted during January

The following items were posted on the HaikuOz website during January, 2015, and can be accessed at

The With Words Summer Haiku Competition
paper wasp autumn 2015 edition – submission deadline February 1
Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar Competition – entries due January 31
Kokako submissions deadline February 1, 2015
Submissions due by March 1 for Snapshot Press Book Awards 2015
FreeXpresSion Haiku Competition 2015 – reminder
Cloudcatchers Ginko No. 36

While our firm intention has always been to send a group email to all AHS members – on the first day of each month – containing the above information, technical difficulties have been experienced on a website-based level with this circulation process. Apologies are extended to any members who have not been receiving such emails. Efforts have been made to rectify this situation!

Meanwhile, members of the Australian Haiku Society – and other readers of HaikuOz – are reminded that you are most welcome to submit items relevant to the haiku community, both here and overseas, especially in relation to:
• haiku competitions and opportunities for publication;
• news of success in haiku writing enjoyed by Australian haiku poets; and
• reports about meetings of haiku groups in various states/ territories across this country.

Best wishes,
Rodney Williams
Australian Haiku Society