Welcome to the THF Monthly Kukai.
This month’s theme:
Note: Due to popular demand, our kukai requirements have changed. Please see instructions below.
The THF Kukai Overview
A kukai is a (usually quite casual) poetry contest. The administrator of the kukai (that’s us) assigns a theme for a given writing period and posts to Troutswirl (The Haiku Foundation blog) on the THF site, which is then redirected outward through our various media outlets. Poets write work to this theme during the allotted time and submit it to the administrator. The work submitted is gathered into an anonymous roster and posted to Troutswirl (The Haiku Foundation blog) for public viewing. At that time all participating poets and other interested readers may vote for their favorites. Votes are tallied and the results made public. The top winners will be acknowledged each month, and offered their choice of prizes from a list compiled by the Foundation.
Results of Last Month’s THF Kukai
First Prize starry sky her words in future tense — Nikolay Grankin (21 points — 5; 2; 2) Second Prize cemetery walk — so much faith chiselled into stone — Andrew Shimield (18 points — 4; 3; 0) Third Prize another spring the widower grows a mustache – Bill Kenney (17 points — 5; 1; 0) Honorable Mentions chemotherapy with the last few strands I braid hope — Vandana Parashar in the tree’s scar a bud — Adjei Agyei-Baah moving apart we still hope to share long silences — John Hawkhead a mask imprint on her tired face spring breeze — Ernest Wit how they rush to greet me . . . aquarium fish — Julie Bloss Kelsey sunrise a duck preens darkness from its feathers — Sandi Pray maybe this time first trimester — Tia Haynes lockdown my daughter’s first origami crane — Sanela Pliško
Writing for The Haiku Foundation Monthly Kukai
On the first day of each month The Haiku Foundation will announce the kukai theme for that month. This theme should be the topic of your poem, and may be stated (by using the theme word or words) or implied. Form may be traditional (three-line, 5-7-5) or free (various numbers of lines and/or syllables). Season words (kigo) may or may not be used at the poet’s discretion. A poet may submit one poem per theme. All poems must be the original, unpublished work of the author. All submissions must be sent via The Haiku Foundation’s dedicated kukai email address using the subject line KUKAI SUBMISSION. No other submissions will be recognized or honored. Once a poem is submitted it cannot be revised. All poems must be signed (that is, no “anonymous” poems will be accepted). Poets will not receive acknowledgment of their submissions. Poems will be accepted from the announcement of the theme through midnight of the 15th of that month. All poets are eligible to participate. Administrators of the kukai are ineligible to submit poems. Your submission email to us should look something like this:
line one followed by line two and then line three
orthis poem is all in one line
orjjjjjjjjjjj kkkkkkkkkk lll mmmmmm
[all lines right-justified]
plus YOUR NAME, YOUR PLACE OF RESIDENCE
If your poems have special formatting requirements you should note them as in the third example above.
Good luck, and have fun!