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Meetings and Other Gatherings / Haiku Down Under call for proposals
« on: February 01, 2022, 04:37:46 PM »
Haiku Down Under, taking place online from October 7-9, is seeking proposals for workshops and presentations. The deadline for making a proposal is 5pm (your time) on March 31. Full details from the website:

Meetings and Other Gatherings / Haiku Down Under 2022
« on: December 15, 2021, 04:05:38 PM »
A new haiku gathering that will take place online from October 7-9, 2022. Details at the Haiku Down Under website:
A call for proposals for workshops and presentations will be made early in 2022.

Contests and Awards / Katikati Haiku Contest 2021 winners
« on: October 05, 2021, 03:45:39 PM »
Congratulations to all the winning poets - and thanks to everyone who entered. Please go to this website to read the list of winners and judge's comments.

Contests and Awards / Katikati Haiku Contest - CLOSED
« on: August 19, 2021, 04:36:55 PM »
Free to enter this year to mark the Katikati Haiku Pathway's 21st birthday! Closes September 19
Details here:

I should also have said that using them as you do Marion one by one and now and again is absolutely fine with me, no credit required as the info, as I said earlier, is all available somewhere. It was just seeing a chunk of the listings reproduced without credit gave me pause. And no disrespect to you either Alan as you're normally very conscientious with publication notes. All is good.

I don't mind anyone using them - in fact I'm pleased that people find them useful. Over time I have built up an extensive database of regular, reputable contests and also regularly search for new ones or one-off contests. So an acknowledgement of that time is always appreciated, is all. I'm certainly not claiming any 'rights' over the info, as it's all out there somewhere!

In case anyone reading this thread wonders, the contest listings that Alan has copied and pasted are from Haiku NewZ, where the Contest list is updated at least once a month.
Sandra Simpson, editor Haiku NewZ

In-Depth Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: Deja -vu? Coincidence?
« on: July 01, 2021, 09:24:10 PM »
I genuinely believe that almost everyone in the haiku community (99.9%) operates from a place of goodwill, which makes it such a nice, welcoming and accepting place to be. But it would be naive to not 'see' the odd one who uses haiku as an easy way into publication or becoming a 'big fish'. In the past decade I can think of 4 people, some better known than others, who deliberately took the work of others and passed it off as their own. In some cases it could be forgiven as misguided and/or ill-advised. In others, it was what it seemed to be.
Because of their brevity, there will always be haiku written that could be considered 'the same' even when the poets have observed and written independently, each ignorant of the other(s). I believe these should  be accepted for what they are and, if good enough, any or all published. But when there's a suspicion, or pattern, of deliberate 'lifting' authors should be challenged to 'please explain'. Turning a blind eye helps no one.

In-Depth Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: Deja -vu? Coincidence?
« on: June 27, 2021, 05:07:11 PM »
Just a brief comment on the poems cited - to me there is no 'issue' with these two being 'too similar'; because they're not.

The two items they share are 'headache' and 'bird'. Otherwise the tanka also includes 'dream', 'song (notes)', 'dawn' and 'cold light'; while the haiku has 'feeding bird' (not singing, and not plural birds) and 'wooden blind' (time of day not stated, could be an afternoon nap because of the headache).

Think of all the poems written about walking on a beach and seeing the clouds in footprints ... all the poems written about cherry blossoms ... all the poems written about autumn leaves. Some topics are very popular, others less so. Just because two poems are on the same topic doesn't make them a problem. The content of the poems cited is, in my opinion, dissimilar, while describing the common human experience of a headache.

Other Haiku News / Re: Japanese Prints online!
« on: March 22, 2020, 09:17:38 PM »
Beautiful exhibition, well worth spending some of your lockdown/self-isolation/quarantine time on!

Other Haiku News / Vale Andre Surridge, 1951-2019
« on: December 26, 2019, 05:37:50 PM »
It is with regret that I inform you that New Zealand haiku and tanka poet Andre Surridge passed away on December 23.

A tribute page to him may be found here:

Journal Announcements / New Zealand Haiku Anthology
« on: March 09, 2019, 11:37:37 PM »
number eight wire: the fourth New Zealand haiku anthology is now available. A survey of the decade 2008-18, it features 330 poems by 70 poets of all ages. The 150-page perfect bound book is available only through the editors (ie, it's not being listed on Amazon).

Please go to this webpage for full price and ordering details:

Thank you Marion. It is indeed sad news. I shall miss seeing Rachel's haiku, always worth reading.

- Sandra

New to Haiku: Free Discussion Area / Re: Haiku Journals
« on: March 21, 2018, 05:52:08 PM »

There is a list of reputable English-language journals accessible from this page:

Essays/articles to read:

And Haiku News/Happenings:

Best wishes

Other Haiku News / Re: Sad News - Werner Reichhold
« on: June 23, 2017, 04:19:56 PM »
A short posting about Werner may be found here:

Best to all,

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