Haiku Happenings

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Our beautiful country is waiting for us. Photo: Sandra Simpson

July 2020:  New Zealand is in Covid-19 Alert Level 1 (almost normal).  For more information visit the Government’s Covid-19 website.

Clearly not much going on in the world of haiku, hence a short Happenings section this month. I’ve just been away for a week, traversing roads I haven’t been over for years or, in the case of the Forgotten World Highway, never been over, and making a point of stopping in small towns at least for our lunches. Chilly but otherwise the weather was pretty good. Came home to grey, damp skies.

Something different for the monthly article as the author (ahem) pulls together information about the 200-year interaction between Dutch traders, largely confined to the island of Dejima in Nagasaki, and the Japanese – and finds some senryu and haiku that resulted. The Contest listing has been updated through to the end of September and, as you’ll see below, one contest that closed at the beginning of last month has re-opened.

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– Sandra

Publication, Contest & Website News

1: The Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest has extended its deadline to August 21 to cater for Covid-19 disruption to school entries (previously advertised as June 1). Go to the Contests page to see more.

2: Haiku, senryu, tanka or haiga are being sought for The Helping Hand, an anthology on giving/receiving help, care and kindness. The poems may be published or unpublished (if published, send the full, original citations).  The paperback book will be available some time this year. There is no payment for inclusion.
Submit: Up to 10 items, whether one form or a mixture, to editor Robert Epstein by July 31.

3: cattails, the journal of the United Haiku and Tanka Society, has an open call out for work by youth for its next issue – haiku, senryu, tanka and haibun.
Submit: By July 31. Full details from this website.

4: Online journal Not Very Quiet is seeking poems of memoir for its next issue – Japanese forms welcome.
Submit: By July 31. Full details from the website.

5: Senryu Circle is a new website being developed for people who write senryu! It includes a link to the Living Senryu Anthology, which seeks both published and unpublished senryu.

6: Autumn Noelle Hall has joined the team at drifting-sands-haibun as tanka prose editor. Read more here.

7: Susan Constable has joined cattails, the journal of the United Haiku and Tanka Society, as tanka editor.


To Owen Bullock who has been Highly Commended in the H Gene Murtha Senryu Award (US) with

not feeling well
she puts on lipstick

See all the winning poems here (opens as a pdf).

To Deryn Pittar who was placed First in the Haiku-na Matata Contest (Bay of Plenty, NZ) with

standing by the water
discussing tides and traffic
a gossip of dinghies

Shirley May received a special mention. Apologies to both for not picking this result up sooner (and thanks to Jenny F for alerting me)!

Contest results

Save Our World Haiku Contest (US)

Betty Drevniok Haiku Award (Canada, 660 haiku)

Sharpening the Green Pencil Haiku Contest (Romania, 176 poets)

Viewing Stone Haiku Contest (US, 402 haiku)

Writers in Kyoto Contest (Japan)

Climate Change: The Burning Issue Tanka Contest (US)

Free e-Books

echoes 2 is a new e-book to celebrate 20 years of the Red Moon Press series, New Resonances, which introduces up-and-coming haiku poets. The 10th biennial volume was published in 2017, bringing the total number of poets featured across the 20 years to 170. echoes 2  includes work from all 10 volumes.

Snapshot Press has a number of recent e-books for free download. Visit the website to choose a title.

Ancient Bloodlines is a free e-book of collaborative rengay by Simon Hanson and Ron C Moss, plus artwork by Ron. Download here.


Haiku Canada Weekend: This event, scheduled for May 15-17, has been postponed until the coronoavirus situation has eased.

Cradle of American Haiku: This event, scheduled for August 7-9 in Walker House, Mineral Point, Wisconsin, US, has been cancelled.

Seabeck Haiku Getaway: October 29-November 1, Washington State, US. Tom Painting is the guest speaker at this annual Haiku Northwest event.

Yuki Teikei Haiku Society Annual Retreat: November 6-9, Pacific Grove, California, US.

Haiku North America 2021: Victoria (Vancouver Island), British Columbia, Canada.