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Contests and Awards / Last Call - Spiess Award Entries Due March 13
« on: March 12, 2018, 06:00:27 PM »
Hi folks - just a friendly reminder that entries are due by March 13 for

The Robert Spiess Memorial 2018 Haiku Awards Contest - with guidelines here:

http://www.modernhaiku.org/spiesscontest/spiesscontest2018.html

Only email entries will make the deadline. 

Thanks!

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Contests and Awards / March 13 Deadline--Spiess Award
« on: February 21, 2018, 11:14:30 AM »
Hi folks - just a friendly reminder that entries are due by March 13 for

The Robert Spiess Memorial 2018 Haiku Awards Contest - with guidelines here:

http://www.modernhaiku.org/spiesscontest/spiesscontest2018.html


Postal or email entries accepted.

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Contests and Awards / The Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Awards Contest
« on: January 10, 2018, 11:48:35 PM »
March 13 is the deadline for entries in The Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Awards Contest for 2018. Submission guidelines are set out at the Modern Haiku website.

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Contests and Awards / Robert Spiess Haiku Award Deadline March 13
« on: February 17, 2017, 07:24:39 PM »
The Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Awards Competition for 2017

Modern Haiku
is pleased to announce the Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Awards Competition for 2017. The purpose of this competition is to honor the life and work of Bob Spiess, editor of Modern Haiku from 1978 to his death on March 13, 2002.

Email entries are accepted as well as postal entries.

Theme: Haiku are to be written in the spirit of the following "Speculation" (Robert Spiess, A Year's Speculations on Haiku, Modern Haiku Press, 1995):

Quote
When haiku poets are truly stirred by a now-moment of awareness they respond with a simple, usually silent "Yes," not because they "understand," for that means the intellect is operating on the event-experience.  This "Yes" is not one of considered approval but is prior to such an intellective judgment, it is an unqualified acceptance of the moment and its entities just as they are in their true nature at that particular and never to be repeated split second.

Deadline: In hand no later than March 13, 2017.

Rules: The competition is open to everyone but the staff of Modern Haiku, the competition coordinator, and the judge. Entries must be in English. Each entry must be the original, unpublished work of the author, and should not be under consideration in a contest or for publication elsewhere. For purposes of this competition, appearance of a haiku in an Internet journal, on a Web site, in a blog, or in any other public media is considered publication, but posting haiku on a private email list is not. Of course, entries should not be shared in an Internet journal, Web site, blog, private or public email list, or any other public media during the term of the competition.

Submission guidelines:
Poets may submit a maximum of five haiku written in the spirit of the above Speculation, accompanied by the applicable entry fee.

Postal entries should be typed or printed legibly on one sheet paper. The poet's name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address (if any) should appear in the upper left-hand corner above the haiku. Send postal entries to: Billie Wilson, 1170 Fritz Cove Road, Juneau, AK 99801-8501 USA.

Email entries are to be submitted as follows: (1) on the Modern Haiku subscription page,
http://www.modernhaiku.org/subscriptions.html, scroll down to the Donate button; (2) make a donation of up to $5 [$1 for each entry]; (3) when you receive your payment confirmation number, copy and paste it into an email with  your haiku and your name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address; (4) send the email to Billie Wilson at [email protected].

Please keep a copy of your submission; entries will not be returned. Please follow the instructions carefully: entries that are incomplete or that do not comply with the instructions will be discarded.

Entry fee: $1 per haiku, cash, check, or PayPal (U.S. funds); make checks payable to Modern Haiku; for email entries, follow the instructions above.

Adjudication: A judge will be selected by Modern Haiku; the judge's name will be announced at the time of the awards. Judging will be double-blind, and the judge will not know the identity of the entrants. The judge's decisions are final.

Selection criteria: The judge will look for entries that hew to Western norms for haiku as published in Modern Haiku and other leading English-language haiku journals and that best capture the spirit of the theme Speculation above. There are no rules as to syllable or line count.

Awards: First Prize: $100 plus a signed copy of The Turtle's Ears (1971, out of print). Second Prize: $50 plus a copy of Bob's Some Sticks and Pebbles (2001, out of print); Third Prize: $25 plus a copy of Bob's Five Caribbean Haibun (1972, out of print).  Up to five poets will be awarded Honorable Mentions and each will receive a copy of Bob's A Year's Speculations on Haiku (1995).

Notification: Winners will be notified by email or phone before the general announcement. Winning entries will be published in the summer 2017 issue of Modern Haiku and posted on the Modern Haiku Web site, http://www.modernhaiku.org/, on or before July 1, 2017. If you would like a list of the winners, please indicate that on your e-mail entries or send a stamped, self-addressed envelope (SASE) with your postal entries. The winners will be announced when the summer issue of Modern Haiku is released.


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Contests and Awards / Spiess Award Deadline March 13
« on: January 12, 2016, 04:13:47 PM »
The Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Awards for 2016

Modern Haiku is pleased to announce the Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Awards Competition for 2016. The purpose of this competition is to honor the life and work of Bob Spiess, editor of Modern Haiku from 1978 to his death on March 13, 2002.

Email entries will now be accepted as well as postal entries.

Theme: Haiku are to be written in the spirit of the following "Speculation" (Robert Spiess, A Year's Speculations on Haiku, Modern Haiku Press, 1995):

As haiku poets we can learn much from such sources as the traditional masters' haiku and from contemporary haiku publications; but our best teachers are wind and rain, oaks and anemones, rivers and mountains, minnows and giraffes, eagles and earthworms, children and God's fools.

Deadline: In hand no later than March 13, 2016.

Rules: The competition is open to everyone but the staff of Modern Haiku, the competition coordinator, and the judge. Entries must be in English. Each entry must be the original, unpublished work of the author, and should not be under consideration in a contest or for publication elsewhere. For purposes of this competition, appearance of a haiku in an Internet journal, on a Web site, in a blog, or in any other public media is considered publication, but posting haiku on a private email list is not. Of course, entries should not be shared in an Internet journal, Web site, blog, private or public email list, or any other public media during the term of the competition.

Submission guidelines: Poets may submit a maximum of five haiku written in the spirit of the above Speculation, accompanied by the applicable entry fee.

Postal entries should be typed or printed legibly on one sheet paper. The poet's name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address (if any) should appear in the upper left-hand corner above the haiku. Send postal entries to: Billie Wilson, 1170 Fritz Cove Road, Juneau, AK 99801-8501 USA.

Email entries are to be submitted as follows: (1) on the Modern Haiku subscription page,
http://www.modernhaiku.org/subscriptions.html, scroll down to the Donate button; (2) make a donation of up to $5 [$1 for each entry]; (3) when you receive your payment confirmation number, copy and paste it into an email with  your haiku and your name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address; (4) send the email to Billie Wilson at [email protected].

Please keep a copy of your submission; entries will not be returned. Please follow the instructions carefully: entries that are incomplete or that do not comply with the instructions will be discarded.

Entry fee: $1 per haiku, cash, check, or PayPal (U.S. funds); make checks payable to Modern Haiku; for email entries, follow the instructions above.

Adjudication: A judge will be selected by Modern Haiku; the judge's name will be announced at the time of the awards. Judging will be double-blind, and the judge will not know the identity of the entrants. The judge's decisions are final.

Selection criteria: The judge will look for entries that hew to Western norms for haiku as published in Modern Haiku and other leading English-language haiku journals and that best capture the spirit of the theme Speculation above. There are no rules as to syllable or line count.

Awards: First Prize: $100 plus a signed copy of The Heron's Legs (1966, out of print). Second Prize: $50 plus a copy of Bob's The Shape of Water (1982); Third Prize: $25 plus a copy of Bob's Some Sticks and Pebbles (2001). Up to five poets will be awarded Honorable Mentions and each will receive a copy of Bob's A Year's Speculations on Haiku (1995).

Notification: Winners will be notified by email or phone before the general announcement. Winning entries will be published in the summer 2016 issue of Modern Haiku and posted on the Modern Haiku Web site, http://www.modernhaiku.org/, on or before July 1, 2016. If you would like a list of the winners, please indicate that on your e-mail entries or send a stamped, self-addressed envelope (SASE) with your postal entries. The winners will be announced when the summer issue of Modern Haiku is released.


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Other Haiku News / New Haiga Books: Kuniharu Shimizu
« on: October 07, 2015, 10:30:15 PM »
Kuniharu Shimizu has asked me to let you know he has published two new books (bi-lingual, Japanese and English) as follows:
 
"Matsu Basho +Kuniharu Shimizu Haiga"
A5 size (148mm x 210mm. 5.83" x 8.27")
The book contains 69 color plates. The haiku are selected from "Narrow Road of the Deep North", "Nozarashi Kiko", and "Oi no Kobumi".
Price: 13 USD or 12 EURO (postage included)
 
AND

"Kuniharu Shimizu Haiga". (my own haiku and artworks)
A5 size (148mm x 210mm. 5.83" x 8.27")
The book contains 40 color plates, and haibun pages.
Price is: 10 USD or 9 EURO (postage included)

His Paypal account is [email protected] or you may send cash (U.S. or Euros) to the following address:
 
Mr. Kuniharu Shimizu
365 Mishima-cho, Tenri,
Nara, Japan 632-0015
 
Kuni-san's website is as follows: See haiku here: http://seehaikuhere.blogspot.jp/

And his haiga workshop in Tokyo is on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/tlg31xjR-NQ

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Contests and Awards / Only One Kagoshima Tree haiku contest
« on: July 16, 2015, 11:29:54 AM »
This year's Only One Kagoshima Tree haiku contest opened on the summer solstice June 22 and ends on September 23 the autumn equinox. 3 Prize Winners and Honorably Mentioned haiku will be announced at a Music & Haiku Symposium on Culture Day November 3, 2015 at the International University of Kagoshima.

Entries (with name, postal mailing address, email address, nationality, age, haiku club name, profession/study major) can be sent to:

Only One Kagoshima Tree Haiku Contest
International University of Kagoshima
8-34-1 Sakanoue 3F Building 7 c/o McMurray Kagoshima, Japan, 891-0197

The submission date dateline (postmarked envelopes) is September 23, so that contestants can make plans to attend the November 3rd musical celebrations of haiku.

  3 Winners and honorably mentioned haiku will be published in a 100-page memorial book (color). Certificates will also be mailed. We can pay one winner for his/her connecting flight, train, or ferry from points in Japan (ie. Tokyo, Fukuoka, Osaka) to get to the conference in Kagoshima, plus a hotel.
During the largest national cultural festival held in Japan, we are hosting the "Only One Tree Haiku Contest" in Kagoshima on November 3, 2015 at the International University of Kagoshima featuring an opera of haiku with violin, flute and piano accompaniment, address by Dr. Akito Arima the president of Haiku International, and panel of poets and  scholars who propose UNESCO list haiku as a world cultural heritage. Attendees receive autographed complementary copies of World Haiku Club Award winning books and the acclaimed "Mother's Voice" by Murasaki Sagano.

In all, 100 music, dance, tea ceremony, flower arrangement and poetry performances are scheduled during 2 glorious weeks this autumn in Kagoshima Prefecture: including 3 major haiku events on October 24, November 3, & November 7-8, 2015.

Updated information can be seen online here during the contest,

http://ajw.asahi.com/category/cool_japan/


More information - haikucanada [dot] enews [at] gmail.com

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Other Haiku News / World Peace Haiku Participation
« on: July 16, 2015, 11:06:03 AM »
I'm sharing here an invitation to participate in a world peace haiku event:

My name is Kyle Kurihara and I'm an intern with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California this summer.  This year, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we started a project called Haiku for Peace.  We're asking poets of all levels and backgrounds to write a haiku about peace on a post-it note to be placed on a wall in the JACCC.  The post-it notes will remain on the wall starting this week until September 19.  After September 19, we'll be making copies of the post-it notes to send to Hiroshima and the Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the site of the June shootings.

We started a facebook event campaign today where you and your members can post your haiku on the event page wall and we'll transcribe your haiku to a post-it note for you. 

Here is our facebook event campaign: https://www.facebook.com/events/157255983
Best,
Kyle

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The editors of tinywords have announced that they are now accepting submissions for the next issue, from now until July 25.

http://tinywords.com/submit/

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Hi folks,

One of the annual treats for the haiku community is the members' anthology created by the Haiku Society of America.  This year's theme is water - and I hope you'll send some haiku to this year's editor for consideration. 

The deadline is fast approaching - May 31 -- and the details are here: http://www.hsa-haiku.org/member-anthol.htm

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Contests and Awards / Deadline March 13 for 2015 Spiess Award Competition
« on: January 14, 2015, 12:25:10 PM »
The Robert Spiess Memorial 2015 Haiku Awards

    As a memorial to Editor Bob Spiess, who died on March 13, 2002, Modern Haiku is pleased to announce the Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award Competition for 2013. The purpose of this competition is to honor the life and work of Bob Spiess, editor of Modern Haiku from 1978 to his death on March 13, 2002.

    Theme: Haiku are to be written in the spirit of the following “Speculation” (Robert Spiess, A Year's Speculations on Haiku, Modern Haiku Press, 1995):

        It seems that those haiku that have an inherently melodious quality are the most expressive and contain the most felt-depth.

    Deadline: In hand no later than March 13, 2015.

      Rules: The competition is open to everyone but the staff of Modern Haiku, the competition coordinator, and the judges. Entries must be in English. Each entry must be the original, unpublished work of the author, and should not be under consideration in a contest or for publication elsewhere. For purposes of this competition, appearance of a haiku in an Internet journal, a Web site, or a blog is considered publication, but posting haiku on a private e-mail list is not. Of course, entries should not be shared in an Internet journal, Web site, blog, or haiku list during the term of the competition.

    Submission guidelines: Poets may submit a maximum of five haiku written in the spirit of the above Speculation. Entries should be typed or printed legibly. Submit three copies of each haiku on plain white 3" x 5" cards or paper. The haiku (one haiku per card) should appear on the face of each card. The poet's name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address (if any) should appear on one of the three cards, in the upper left-hand corner above the haiku; the other two copies should contain only the haiku. Please keep a copy of your submission; entries will not be returned. Please follow the instructions carefully: entries that are incomplete or that do not comply with the instructions will be discarded.

    Entry fee: $1 per haiku, cash or check (U.S. funds); make checks payable to Modern Haiku.

    Send submissions to:

        Billie Wilson
        1170 Fritz Cove Road
        Juneau, AK 99801-8501 USA

    Adjudication: Two judges will be selected by Modern Haiku; their names will be announced at the time of the awards. Judging will be double-blind, and the judges will not know the identity of the entrants. Judges’ decisions are final.

    Selection criteria: The judges will look for entries that hew to Western norms for haiku as published in Modern Haiku and other leading English-language haiku journals and that best capture the spirit of the theme Speculation above. There are no rules as to syllable or line count.

    Awards: First Prize: $100 plus a previously-loved copy of The Turtle's Ears (1971, out of print, inscribed to M.L. Harrison Mackie). Second Prize: $50 plus a copy of Bob's The Shape of Water (1982); Third Prize: $25 plus a copy of Bob's Some Sticks and Pebbles (2001). Up to five poets will be awarded Honorable Mentions and each will receive a copy of Bob's A Year's Speculations on Haiku (1995).

    Notification: Winners will be notified by e-mail or phone before the general announcement. Winning entries will be published in the summer 2015 issue of Modern Haiku and posted on the Modern Haiku Web site, <http://www.modernhaiku.org/>, on or before July 1, 2015. If you would like a list of the winners, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope (SASE) with your entries. Overseas entrants should provide one IRC or one U.S. dollar in cash with a self-addressed envelope. These will be mailed when the summer issue of Modern Haiku is released.

 

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Hi folks.  Rick Black asked me to post this press release. Congratulations to Chad Lee Robinson!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Rick Black; 703-241-4127; [email protected]
20% off pre-orders: http://www.turtlelightpress.com/products/deep-end-sky/


2014 Haiku Chapbook Competition Winner

ARLINGTON, VA – After a close competition, the winner of the fourth Turtle Light Press biennial haiku chapbook competition is Chad Lee Robinson’s The Deep End of the Sky, a collection of poems that reflects the vast landscape of America.

Penny Harter, a prize-winning New Jersey poet who judged the contest, said that the poems of The Deep End of the Sky “take us deep into the heartland of the country and of ourselves.” We immediately enter that “deep end of the sky” on the prairie in the stunning first two poems:

at
the
deep
end
of
the
sky
prairie

meadowlark—
all you'll ever need to know
about sunrise

“How wonderful that we fuse the image of the deep end of the sky with the singular and pulsing song of the meadowlark, which is “all we ever need to know about sunrise,” she said.

Robinson, the manager of a family owned grocery in Pierre, South Dakota, has been writing haiku for more than 10 years. His family settled in the small town of about 15,000 people when his grandfather was working on the dams on the Missouri river.

Robinson first encountered haiku – a Japanese form of poetry often written in 17 syllables or less with a connection to nature – in a creative writing class at South Dakota State University. He has won two other haiku chapbook competitions as well as a number of individual haiku prizes.

“He has a unique way of capturing the heartland of the country in poems that reflect the American landscape,” said Harter. For example, she said, consider this stunning poem:

hunter's retreat
the Christmas tree made from
racks of antlers

“It’s going to be a great book,” said Rick Black, the publisher of Turtle Light Press, which specializes in handmade books and artistic photography in Arlington, Virginia. “We had a lot of good submissions.”

Second place went to Julie Warther’s This Side of the Pane and third place to Aubrie Cox’s Out of Translation. Four honorable mentions were also given out: a tiny hell by S.M. Abeles, A Life in Transition and Translation by Chen-ou Liu, Earthlings by Allan Burns, and Rip in the Screen by Joan Prefontaine.

A total of 31 entries were received from around the world, including the U.S., Canada, England, Japan, Greece and Hungary. Turtle Light Press is planning a spring release of The Deep End of the Sky, with a 20% discount for pre-orders (see link at top).
 

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Other Haiku News / THF Event Calendars Updated
« on: August 12, 2014, 04:40:47 PM »
Hi folks - just a quick note to let you know I've updated the event calendars (under Features on the Foundation's home page) - http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/event_calendars/

I always appreciate receiving updates, additions, corrections.  akwilsons [at] gci [dot] net.

Billie

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Just a quick reminder that the June 1 deadline for the Turtle Light Press Haiku Chapbook Competition is just around the corner.  Details, plus information about previous winners is available at:

http://www.turtlelightpress.com/2012-haiku-chapbook-competition-guidelines/


These books are beautifully crafted and I always look forward to seeing and reading each one.

Billie

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