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Why haiku is different and Basho never wrote them in English

The Irish Haiku Society is proud to announce the IHS International Haiku Competition 2018 that offers prizes of Euro 150, Euro 50 and Euro 30 for unpublished haiku/senryu in English. In addition, there will be up to seven Highly Commended haiku/senryu.

The deadline is 30th NOVEMBER 2018.

Send us your haiku, we are eager to read them!

More details here:
Other Haiku News / re:Virals request
« Last post by AlanSummers on October 27, 2018, 01:07:47 PM »

I would love more commentaries over on the "other side" of THF for the re:Virals feature.
Next week we have this powerful monoku:

it’s not me he punches the window in anger

          — Robin Anna Smith

The poem is taken from the Haiku Foundation feature Haiku Windows: Broken Window, ed. KJ Munro (February 2018)

You can comment if you do like it, or don't like it,  find it challenging, or encouraging that haiku can be a voice for current issues such as abuse. It can be tough comments, light comments, comic, funny, sad, or otherwise.

"Anyone can participate. A new poem will appear each Friday morning. Simply put your commentary in the Contact box by the following Tuesday midnight (Eastern US Time Zone). Please use the subject header “re:Virals” so we know what we’re looking at. We look forward to seeing some of your favorite poems — and finding out why!"

The current haiku is featured here:

Other Haiku News / Bridge of Nuance
« Last post by AlanSummers on October 26, 2018, 10:24:39 AM »
Bridge of Nuance - re:Virals commentary on Christopher Herold's 'somewhere the river bends' haiku:
Journal Announcements / Re: "The Mamba" - Journal of the Africa Haiku Network
« Last post by Anna on October 22, 2018, 09:36:19 PM »
Thank you for sharing. Not bad reading at all,  really fine works in there, and another window into another part of this beautiful world
Contests and Awards / 2018 World Haiku Poetry Competition Open
« Last post by FoundingEditor on October 16, 2018, 02:42:44 PM »
Greetings Poets!

The 2018 World Haiku Poetry Competition is now open!

GUIDELINES: Only unpublished high quality haiku poems not submitted for publication or to any other contest, will be accepted. The appearance of poems in online discussion lists, twitter, facebook or personal websites is considered publication and will not qualify. Please type “World Haiku” in subject line of your email to avoid deletion.

There is no theme for this year's competition. Enter by email only. Please type poems in the body of your email. (Please no email attachments or postal submissions will be accepted). All attachments to email will be deleted.


Contest opens: October 1, 2018 - December 1, 2018. 

Entries must be emailed no later than the deadline: December 1, 2018 at 11:59 EST to qualify. International submissions are always welcome. Entries received after the deadline will not be accepted. Winners and Honorable Mentions will be posted on website. All rights revert to the authors after publication.

Fee: $3.00 US/ haiku poem or $10.00 US/ set of 5 poems. Each set of 5 poems receives the discounted price. For example, if you have submitted 3 poems, enter $9.00 US as the total cost in the paypal "price per item" box. If submitting 12 poems then your total cost would be $26.00 US. Only online & Paypal payments will be accepted.

Happy Writing!

Top Prizes – Grand Prize: $250.00 (US) & Certificate, 2nd Prize: $125.00, 3rd Prize: $50.00
The latest issue of "The Mamba" - Journal of the Africa Haiku Network
Journal Announcements / cattails – October 2018 is now out
« Last post by AlanSummers on October 13, 2018, 04:30:43 AM »
cattails – October 2018 is now out!
Journal of the United Haiku and Tanka Society with fascinating work, and how haiku is helping get youngsters into education:
Meetings and Other Gatherings / Re: Foraging for Haiku - Ginko
« Last post by AlanSummers on October 13, 2018, 03:31:12 AM »

Yes, a strong group of people, including two poets-in-residence, one of whom is a co-editor of a strong poetry publishing house.

Thankfully Swindon is a good national major train station link, and barely twenty minutes by train for us.

Sorry to hear that the border police made you pay to go back to your own country!

Calligraphy is definitely worth pursuing. It was wonderful meeting you in person, and let's hope it's not too long before we do again!

Alan (& Karen)

A lovely crowd of people, it was lovely to hear their notes and how they put them together, and then your input and arrangement, you have such a calm voice.
The museum was a fabulous venue for the workshop, I think I'll be popping down there again, so easy to get there.
I've signed up for the news letter a while back, and look forward to receiving it.
You and Karen, busy bees, as always, I don't know how you keep up with it all. It was great to meet you both. Karen gave me a smashing idea -  when we went to have a nosy about in the attic, we saw some dip pens on the old writing slope, and went onto the subject of calligraphy -  hand writing our verses with dip pen in various fonts, so, I've dusted down my old calligraphy books.

I must say I was a bit miffed to have to hand over money to get back into my own country...but worth it for such an inspirational day  :-*

Many thanks.
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