November 30, 2015

Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems

The Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems are bestowed annually on haiku and senryu that represent noteworthy additions to English-language haiku in the estimation of a distinguished panel of haiku poets, editors and scholars.

The Awards are open to any English-language haiku or senryu published in the current calendar year.

Any individual who had at least one haiku or senryu published during the award year may nominate two haiku or senryu, one of which may be his or her own.

Free of cost, submissions are due by Dec 31 – an entry form must be used.

Such a form, plus further details, can be accessed through the Touchstone website via this link:

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Martin Lucas Haiku Award 2015

Format: To enter the Martin Lucas Haiku Award 2015, submit all haiku on one sheet of paper, with your name and address included, and also a second copy of the same sheet without your name and address.

No record cards, and no multiple sheets (but no limit on the number of haiku on the single sheet).

All entries to be original, unpublished, not under consideration elsewhere.

Deadline (in hand): 31 December 2015

Send to:

Chris Boultwood, 6 King Street, Chester CH1 2AH, England, UK

or email Haiku Presence.

Entry fee: £5 for up to 5 haiku. Additional haiku at £1 per haiku.

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Yuki Teikei Haiku Society – 2016 Tokutomi Memorial Contest

Following her recent trip to the HNA 2015 Conference in the United States, Australian haiku poet Marietta McGregor has offered the following extra information:

“The long-established California-based Yuki Teikei Haiku Society has announced its 2016 Tokutomi Memorial Contest, which commemorates Kiyoshi and Kyoko Tokutomi, a Japanese immigrant couple who "wanted to teach their American friends the joy of the haiku life".

The Society follows the strict classical traditional usage of 5-7-5 and a kigo.

A list of kigo is provided for the contest.

Their season word list on the site is interesting, although it's primarily written for a North American audience.

At HNA 2015, Patrick Gallagher from the Society spoke about the long traditions of Yuki Teikei from its beginnings 40 years ago.”

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World Haiku Review – submissions open till 20 December

Submissions towards the next northern winter edition of the World Haiku Review (the official magazine for the World Haiku Club) are open until Sunday, 20 December.

Themes – Peace or Winter subjects (yet these are only suggestions – you do not have to follow them).

Maximum number of haiku to be submitted – ten (10), not previously published or under consideration elsewhere.

Haiku poems may be offered in English, or in English translation, traditional or non-traditional in approach, on any topic, in free or formal style, kigo or muki.

Submit to both of the following email addresses please:

Susumu Takiguchi, Managing Editor & Acting-Editor-In-Chief:


Kala Ramesh, Deputy-Editor-in Chief

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Review of “Prospect Five” – Dorothy McLaughlin

“Prospect” is an annual poetry journal, with longer poems written by Australians and published in Australia. “Prospect Five” is devoted to haiku and tanka, with Beverley George as guest editor. Beverley was president of Haiku Oz, the Australian Haiku Society. She edits and publishes "Eucalypt," a tanka publication, conducts workshops, and writes essays and children's books. Her tanka and haiku have earned awards, and some have been translated into Japanese. The cover image and design are by Ron C. Moss, and Rebus Press had charge of layout.

The journal as a whole is unmistakably and delightfully Australian. While some of the vocabulary is special to that country, the themes and emotions are universal. With a few exceptions, I was able to understand and appreciate the poems without resorting to a dictionary, though I did look up some words for their precise meaning and enjoyed this verbal visit to a country and continent so far away.

Haiku, usually three-line poems, are here arranged four to a page, while tanka, which have five lines, are three to a page. They are divided, ten pages of haiku, twelve of tanka, and twelve haiku, with the final two pages given to Blue Giraffe Press 2nd Australian Haiku Competition's three winners and three commended haiku.

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