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