Dear Haiku Maven, A poet I know took first prize in an international haiku contest in the English-haiku category. The submission guidelines stated that the contest haiku “must be original and not previously published.” I know that the winning haiku was published several years ago in a journal since I have a copy of the journal and the same poet is listed as author. The journal is no longer published. I wrote to the winning poet with this information but have not received a reply. The contest was held in a country where not many people speak English. I hesitate to contact the contest administrators. Not a Teller of Tales
The role of tattletale is not suited to haiku poets. Neither is the role of avenging angel. That being said, Haiku Maven knows those whose favorite pastime is to ferret out these types of injustices, regardless of whether or not the offence was unintentional. By writing to the poet, Haiku Maven thinks that your conscience should be satisfied. Now let the ferrets do their work.
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