August 27, 2015

Deadline close for 19th Mainichi Haiku Contest

The deadline for the 19th Mainichi Haiku Contest is 1 September, 2015.

Entrants in the International Section may submit a maximum of two haiku in either English or French.

Entries must be original haiku and must not have been published or submitted anywhere else.

No entry fee is required.

Poets wishing to submit should access the Online Entry Form available at this link:

Entries will need to include details about the poet’s name, age, postal address, telephone number and email address.

Certificates of merit and mementos will be awarded for First Prize and Second Prize haiku, but no monetary prizes will be awarded.

Results for the winners of the International Section in the 19th Mainichi Haiku Contest 2015 will be announced on the Mainichi site in January 2016.

Back in January, 2015, results for the 18th Mainichi Haiku Contest 2014 showed that three Australian haiku poets had received Honourable Mentions in the International Section, two for haiku written in English and one for a haiku composed in French:

writers festival
a crow pecks at
orange peel

Quendryth Young

halcyon days –
the dizzying heights of
locked hearts

Barbara A. Taylor

au crépuscule
des doigts du soleil
libèrent les cimes

Cynthia Rowe

Full results from the 18th Mainichi Haiku Contest 2014 can be viewed at this link:

August 26, 2015

NZPS 2015 International Poetry Competition Results

Results for the New Zealand Poetry Society’s 2015 International Poetry Competition saw Vanessa Proctor of Australia gain fourth prize in the Haiku Section, while entries from Jan Dobb, Cynthia Rowe and Greg Piko also received recognition from judge Elaine Riddell.

Vanessa's prize-winning one-liner reads as follows:

abandoned lighthouse a smudge of shearwaters

The complete text for other prize-winning poems – along with comments by the judge – can be read by accessing this link, and then by clicking on Elaine Riddell’s name in blue:

While their work was not given in full on the NZPS website, other Australian haiku poets deserving of congratulations include:

Highly Commended –

Jan Dobb:

the sky fills with

and Cynthia Rowe:

cattle herd moving forward one mouthful at a time

Commended –

Greg Piko:

a few things
worth keeping -
quince jelly jars

I contemplate
my next step

Entries open for 8th “Kokako” Haiku & Senryu Contest

Haiku poets are encouraged to enter the 8th “Kokako” Haiku & Senryu Contest.

Closing date: 31 October 2015

The fee per entry is NZ$5, AU$5 or US$5 – cheques are acceptable (made out to “Kokako”); overseas entrants can send cash at their own risk.

With as many as three haiku/ senryu allowed per entry, submissions can be emailed to:

Entries can also be posted to:

The “Kokako” Haiku Competition
Patricia Prime
42 Flanshaw Road
Te Atatu South
Auckland 0610
New Zealand

Poets must send two copies of all entries, with the entrant’s name, postal address and email address given on only one copy of each entry.

There is no limit on the number of entries that can be offered by any one poet.

All poems entered must be previously unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere.

First prize – NZ$200; Second and Third prizes – NZ$50 each.

The first three prize winners, plus 3 Highly Commended & 3 Commended entries, will be published in “Kokako” in April, 2016.

Judge: Catherine Mair

Winners will be notified by email or mail.

Any theme is acceptable.

Enquiries: email Patricia Prime.

August 11, 2015

Polish International Haiku Competition 2015

Entries are welcome for the Polish International Haiku Competition 2015.

Entrants need to complete a digital entry form available at this link:

Submission period: 1 August – 31 October 2015

Number of haiku: one (1) not previously published in any form

Language: English

Theme: Free

Style: Contemporary – three lines – within 5-7-5 syllable pattern – no strict syllable count

Jury: Agnieszka Żuławska-Umeda — Final Judge; Rafał Zabratyński — Pre-Selector

Results: November 2015 (Jury’s decision is definitive and irrevocable)


Books and diplomas for:
1st Place (one haiku)
2nd Place (one haiku)
3rd Place (one haiku)

Commendations (ten haiku)

Originator: Krzysztof Kokot

(Thanks to Jan Dobb for letting HaikuOz readers know about this competition.)

August 01, 2015

HaikuOz items posted during July

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

Submissions open in July for “Windfall” Issue 4
Review of “Haiku Bindii: Willow Light”
Cloudcatchers’ Ginko No. 38 (winter)
Results – 7th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest
Haiku for Peace – 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings

While we remain committed to sending a group email containing the above information to all AHS members – on the first day of each month – technical difficulties continue to be experienced on a website-based level with this circulation process. Apologies are extended to any members who have not been receiving such emailed notifications. Efforts continue to be made to rectify this problem.

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 in Australia and beyond;
• news of success in haiku writing enjoyed by Australian haiku poets;
• reports about meetings of haiku groups in various states/ territories across this country; and
• noteworthy developments/ projects across the international haiku community.

Best wishes,

Rodney Williams
Australian Haiku Society

Report on Bindii Meeting: August 2015

The 1 August meeting of the Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group was held at the Box Factory, Adelaide, from 12 noon to 2 pm. Eight members were present:

Lynette Arden, Lee Bentley, Julia Wakefield, Margaret Fensom, Athena Zaknic, Dawn Colsey, John Wood and Sean Wright. Apologies were received from a further three members: Maeve Archibald, Karin Anderson and Jill Gower.
General Business:
1. Patricia Prime has posted a review of Willow Light on the HaikuOz website.
2. There may be an opportunity to read our work at an evening performance at Halifax Café, in conjunction with the Novelists Group. The event would be organized by the Community Officer at the Box Factory and October has been suggested. We are waiting for more information. Members present were keen to take part, if it goes ahead.
3. Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group has sponsored prizes for haiku written by schoolchildren for the Langhorne Creek young people’s writing competition. Prizes will be presented at Literacy Day at Langhorne Creek School on September 24, 2015. Lynette Arden and Lee Bentley will be judging entries for prizes in these categories: Years 2 and 3, Years 4 and 5, Years 6 and 7, Years 8 through 10.

4. Program for the remainder of 2015:
Saturday 3 October: a ginko (haiku walk) in Himeji Gardens led by Lee Bentley. We will meet at the Box Factory at 12 noon and then walk to the gardens (5 mins walk). The hoped for outcome might include a group of associated haiku that we could publish.
If the weather is inclement, we will hold the whole meeting at the Box Factory.
For those unfamiliar with the term, on a ginko the participants stroll around, making notes, writing haiku or tanka, or taking photos of what they observe.
These notes later serve as raw material for finished haiku, tanka, haibun and haiga. In the last part of the meeting, participants may eat lunch and read out some of the haiku they have produced, and discuss observations.
Saturday 5 December: Christmas meeting – format to be decided.

Workshop: Lynette Arden presented a workshop on haiku. Examples of some haiku publications were circulated and handouts distributed. The general guidelines for writing haiku were covered briefly, then the group tried out some of the techniques for constructing haiku described by Jane Reichhold.
In a joint effort of composition, haiku first lines suggested by members were written on the whiteboard and other lines were then added and discussed. Some of the techniques we tried: comparison, contrast, association, riddle, narrowing focus, metaphor and simile. Other techniques were then discussed, including sketch, double entendre, puns, word plays, verb/noun exchange, close linkage, leap linkage and wabi sabi.

General Workshop of Members’ Haiku: This occupied the rest of the meeting. Most members had brought haiku for feedback and there was much discussion of the haiku presented.

End of meeting: 2 pm.
Minutes taken by Lyn Arden 1 Aug. 15