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Contests and Awards / Results 2nd Modern Kigo Contest
« on: June 15, 2022, 05:22:02 PM »
The 2nd Modern Kigo Project Competition
‘SPRING Season’ 2022 WINNERS

(Réka Nyitrai & Alan Peat)


Other Haiku News / Desert Rain
« on: June 02, 2022, 11:12:52 AM »
Desert Rain

Haiku Nook: An Anthology

ed. Jacob Salzer & Nook editorial staff
May 2022

Dedicated to haiku poet Martha Magenta (1949-2020) &
the 600+ million people who don't have access to clean water:

Other Haiku News / Don't read haiku!
« on: April 04, 2022, 09:28:26 AM »
Rachna Singh in conversation with Alan Summers

Contests and Awards / aha haiku results!
« on: March 07, 2022, 04:05:25 AM »
The United Haiku and Tanka Society aha Haiku contest results are announced:

Congratulations to everyone who is placed, and to all the poets sending around 1000 haiku that made this contest so successful and rewarding!

Other Haiku News / Call of the Page supports Ukraine
« on: February 24, 2022, 05:26:25 PM »
Call of the Page supports the sovereignty of Ukraine and feels for the innocent Russian people, and all those also those countries threatened by the new Soviet Union ambitions.

Call of the Page

Other Haiku News / FREE event expanded!
« on: January 31, 2022, 05:41:54 PM »
Yay! Originally a sold out event, due to popular demand, the zoom audience capacity has been expanded! This is also a FREE event!

Photography and Haiku Poetry with Alan Summers and Karen Hoy

Wednesday March 30th 2022
7pm - 8.30pm UK time
Virtual Meeting

Contests and Awards / Samurai Haibun Contest!
« on: October 22, 2021, 04:32:52 PM »
An'ya of The United Haiku and Tanka Society (creator/founder) has brought back
the Samurai Haibun Contest,
alongside the Aha Hortensia Awards (haiku contest),
and the Fleeting Words Tanka Contest

Further details are at the website:


Contests and Awards / Two old/new contests are back!
« on: October 20, 2021, 04:44:40 AM »
an'ya, who is the founder of the United Haiku and Tanka Society, has brought back two of the favourite contests.

Check out:

twitter home page:

For further information and guidelines about:

the UHTS (aha) annual hortensia anderson awards (open 1st January and closes 31st January 2022)


the UHTS Fleeting Words Tanka contest (open 1st May and closes 31st May 2022)

Check the twitter page on 1st December 2021 for announcements

and in the meanwhile, for any questions, feel free to contact an'ya at:

An'ya's tanka website:

Meetings and Other Gatherings / Haiku North America update
« on: September 09, 2021, 02:56:49 AM »

PDF HNA programme:

We look forward to your questions!

Panel Discussion
“What kind of 21st century does everyone want for haiku?" | Alan Summers & Panel
Sunday 17th October 2021
4:30 - 5:30 pacific time (Victoria, British Columbia)

Alan Summers (UK)
Skylar Kay (Canada)
Deborah A. Bennett  (Midwest USA)
Elancharan Gunasekaran (Singapore) publisher, editor, Proletaria
Gillena Cox (Trinidad and Tobago) Founder/coordinator, Caribbean Kigo Kukai (2010)
Orrin Tyrell (Texas, USA)

Panel Bios

Alan Summers is founder of Call of the Page, with Karen Hoy, supporting writers worldwide. He’s a founder of a triology of online journals. Alan has been filmed for the NHK Television (Japan) feature Europe meets Japan - Alan's Haiku Journey.  Writing Poetry: the haiku way will be published in 2022.

Skylar Kay is from Calgary. Her poetry explores how surrounding environments mirror human experience, and her personal experience as a transgender woman. Skylar aims to bring a marginalized voice to the very traditional space and form of haibun, expanding the canon, and creating room for other queer voices and writers.

Gillena Cox is Founder/coordinator of Caribbean Kigo Kukai since 2010. She does not see herself as professional, meaning her writing hobbies are not supported by University degrees. She is published by Purple Cotton Candy Arts, where her stories for children have haiku as chapter introductions, and as end poems.

Deborah A. Bennett is a self-taught free-verse haiku poet whose work appears in Victoria Magazine, Bella Grace Magazine, Indiana University's African American Review, Pig Iron Press series Religion in Modernity, Voices West, New England Writers Journal, Rosebud Magazine, Hedgerow Poems, The Poetry Pea, Akitsu Journal, Heron's Nest, and Rattle Magazine.

Orrin PreJean-Champs, from Port Arthur, Texas, came to EL Short Poetry around 2006. In 2013 he began writing tanka and published two collections. Orrin now focuses on the history and current practices of senryu, and as a senryu poet his first ebook collection of senryu is titled “October’s Kid.”

Elancharan Gunasekaran is the publisher of Proletaria. He has a strange love for all things poetical and Sci-Fi. A winner of the Montblanc X Esquire Six-word Story prize 2017. His latest publications are 108 Suns (Alien Buddha Press), Superatomicluminal (Hesterglock Press), Gods of the Gonzo (Analog Submission Press).

What kind of 21st century does everyone want for haiku?

The zoom phenomenon has allowed those who do not have the money to travel, to be seen and to be heard, to be more of a part of the haiku community than ever. Is it enough, can we all do more? This is a rare chance for ‘other voices’ to be heard, to be listened to, and not just asked but invited to help create the kind of 21st Century haiku society that leaves no one behind.

Negative space (something MA is sometimes associated with outside of Japan) should only be for haiku poetry, not its haiku practitioners.

Why do we write? Are we allowed enough space to write. What space(s) are available for those who write haiku, from journals, contests, collections, and anthologies, is it enough? Are we really doing enough, for haiku, and for everyone who wants to take part?

Why do we write? Defining the space in our multitude of environments from home and family, to the various conditions we engage in to survive: Are we restricted or constricted, both or neither, in being supported with our writing and our dreams?

Why do we write? Are we are engaging in a 21st environment that is still socially challenged with attraction to totalitarianism, and destructively labelling anyone who is deemed either different, or classed as outsiders? Can we look away from social wrongs and is this the wrong kind of negative space?

The Panel is open to Q&A:
to listen, discuss, engage, and embrace with the audience.

PDF HNA programme:


Journal Announcements / Blo͞o Outlier Journal issue #3 CLOSED
« on: August 21, 2021, 04:24:47 AM »
Blo͞o Outlier Journal issue #3 submission guidelines

Submissions now open!

Journal Announcements / Blo͞o Wildlife haiku! CLOSED
« on: August 13, 2021, 02:24:32 PM »
Submissions open later in August:
Blo͞o Outlier Journal issue #3 is a haiku only issue and all about wildlife!

Other Haiku News / Exciting haiku things!
« on: August 09, 2021, 03:48:30 PM »

Journal Announcements / Blo͞o Outlier issue 2 CLOSED
« on: August 01, 2021, 04:00:46 AM »

The Blo͞o Outlier Journal Summer Issue 2021 (Issue #2) is now out.

The issue features haibun, tanka story, kyoka story, and zuihitsu:


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