Dear Haiku Maven, A friend who has written several haiku chapbooks helped me with one of my haiku at my request. He completely changed the last line and made it much stronger. I thanked him. I entered that same haiku, as revised by him, in a big haiku contest. It won a prize, my first, and I was mailed a beautiful certificate. When he saw the certificate he said it was nice to see our haiku on my wall, even if he had to squint to see it. I could not tell if he was joking. Was I wrong to enter that haiku in a contest? I have been writing haiku for about a year and he was the one who introduced me to it. Prize Winning Poet
You are not the first haiku poet who has benefited from the editorial skills of a more seasoned writer. Haiku Maven thinks your poet friend was giving you a little grief about how you chose to display your first prize. Many haiku poets help edit the haiku of close friends and some even do the same for acquaintances. These poet editors have received many haiku prizes and other haiku awards but do not usually display them. They save them for their short bios.
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