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Messages - sandra

Glitches on the new website, arrgh. Anyway, here's the link to the Guidelines and Submittable form. Note that the closing date has changed to May 31.
Other Haiku News / Updating of Haiku NewZ
May 06, 2024, 10:45:40 PM
Apologies to anyone visiting the new NZ Poetry Society/Haiku NewZ website and not finding the usual updates. I was out of the country when the new site was launched but am receiving training this week to enable me to resume looking after Haiku NewZ, yay!
The new website was not built to hold the archives of Haiku NewZ, so these have been moved. Archived articles, a list of Publications, NZ Haiku Showcase, and Haiku Commentary are now available here: The Monthly Article will continue to be archived on this second site.
Hopefully, there's a link on the new site that will take you there.
I appreciate your patience as I get used to a new way of working,
Sandra Simpson
Haiku NewZ editor
Haiku Down Under is back in 2024, from August 16-18 - this time on a sensory journey. The programme is available on the website:
Participants from any country are welcome to register.
You'll find the email address on Haiku NewZ, the source of this announcement:
This online event is free and registrations are open now. Haiku Down Under takes place from Oct 7-9. To register, go to the website where you can also see the programme.
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
December 15, 2021, 10:05:38 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.

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
August 19, 2021, 10:36:55 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
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.
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.
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