Dear Haiku Maven, I caught a haiku celebrity, whom I consider a friend, cheating in public. He two-timed one of his old but still winsome haiku by sending it to a new contest, open only to unpublished work, where it was shortlisted. I know his haiku was previously published because it is in a book of his haiku which I bought from him. He wrote a beautiful inscription in it saying how much he valued our friendship. When quizzed by me about the contest, he said he misread the rules and would take care of it. That was three weeks ago. His haiku is still on the shortlist. I know you have covered this topic before but this is different. Clueless
Step away from the stage lights surrounding this haiku celebrity and see him in his natural setting. He is, after all, only human, although of the slow moving variety. Haiku Maven thinks he will eventually do the right thing and contact the contest organizers. Admitting his mistake to you is the first step. The other steps will follow. This haiku celebrity joins a long list of contest submitters who have misread contest rules. Haiku Maven believes it is best to submit only original (unpublished) work to contests. That way these sticky situations can be avoided because as seasoned contest submitters know only too well, truth will out.
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