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#41
Dear All,

THE April 2019 ISSUE OF CATTAILS, the bi-annual journal of the United Haiku and Tanka Society is now online on the UHTS website:

http://www.cattailsjournal.com/issues/cattailsapril2019.pdf


This issue features haiga, haiku, senryu, tanka and haibun by 188 poets from around the world. It also contains photographs of Australian birds contributed by Beverley George, Marietta McGregor, Vanessa Proctor, Michelle Brock, Karlie Brock and Rose van Son.


The Youth Corner showcases young haijins from India and Bulgaria.

We carry a poignant tribute to Rachel Sutcliffe who was a prolific contributor to cattails.

The next issue is October 2019. Submissions open: 1st July (midnight) GMT and close: 15th August (midnight) GMT.) For further details please check submission guidelines: http://www.cattailsjournal.com/submissions.html

Iliyana Stoyanova
UHTS Secretary

#42
Journal Announcements / Cattails 2019 Deadline Notice
February 17, 2019, 02:16:38 AM
The submissions for the April 2019 issue of cattails are now closed.

Thank you to all who submitted. If there has been any delay in the acknowledgement of your submission, please contact the principal editor, Sonam Chhoki, at allthingshaibun@gmail.com

cattails Editorial Team
#43
Contests and Awards / 2018 UHTS Samurai Haibun Results
January 12, 2019, 07:18:22 PM
Results of the 2018 UHTS Samurai Haibun Contest


Congratulations to the winners selected from 109 entries from the following countries:
Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, UK, USA.

Judged by Glenn G. Coats


First Place - Marietta McGregor, Australia
Second Place - J. Todd Hawkins, USA
Third Place - Marilyn Humbert, Australia


Honorable Mentions (unranked):

Kanchan Chatterjee, India
Marietta McGregor, Australia
Joan Prefontaine , USA
Tiffany Shaw-Diaz, USA

Full results and the judge's commentary along with the UHTS President, Alan Summer's statement can be found in the January 2019 issue of Seedpods, our e-newsletter. To receive a copy of Seedpods, please join UHTS by contacting our Secretary, Iliyana Stoyanova at uhts_secretary@fastmail.co.uk, with the subject heading "UHTS MEMBERSHIP".

Marianna Monaco
UHTS CONTEST COORDINATOR
email: marianna.monaco@gmail.com
#44
Contests and Awards / 2019 UHTS CONTEST CALL - CLOSED
January 03, 2019, 03:47:12 PM
UHTS: United Haiku and Tanka Society 2019 Contest


Dear All,

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE ANNUAL AHA HAIKU/SENRYU CONTEST OPEN ON 1st JANUARY AND CLOSE ON 15th APRIL 2019.

For further details on how to submit please check the contest guidelines here:
http://unitedhaikuandtankasociety.com/contest-submission-guidelines

Please do "not" use the cattails submissions guidelines for contests.

RESULTS: The names of winners (only) will be notified by email and the winning poems will be published with the Judge's commentary in an upcoming issue of Seedpods, our e-newsletter. To receive a copy of Seedpods, please join UHTS by contacting our Secretary, Iliyana Stoyanova at uhts_secretary@fastmail.co.uk, with the subject heading "UHTS MEMBERSHIP".

Marianna Monaco
UHTS CONTEST COORDINATOR
email: marianna.monaco@gmail.com
#45
Journal Announcements / Cattails 2019 Submissions Notice
December 26, 2018, 03:51:26 PM
April 2019 cattails

Submissions for the April 2019 issue open 1st January Midnight GMT and close 15th February 2019 Midnight GMT

cattails is now accepting haiga for publication. Please make sure you submit your work to the correct editor. N.B. Lavana Kray is the Haiga editor. Sonam Chhoki is the haibun editor for the April issue and Mike Montreuil, the October issue.

1 Send your work, including images for haiga, in the body of an email only – attachments will not be opened. You must include your country, full name, and email address in the body of the email to be considered. For haiga, images should have a resolution of at least 200 dpi.

2. We consider only works that have never been previously published elsewhere, either online or in print, (this includes on social media sites, blogs, and websites).

3. We do not consider works submitted elsewhere simultaneously, including to journals or competitions.
4. The work presented must be yours exclusively or if it's collaboration, all persons involved in the collaboration must be included in the submission.

5. We encourage, but do not require you to submit your works in your native language, along with the English version.

6. You may make one submission per reading period of:
• Not more than 10 tanka
• Not more than 12 haiku
• Not more than 12 Senryu
• Not more than 3 Haiga
• Not more than 3 haibun

7. What we do not accept:
• mainstream short form poetry
• tanka prose
• sequences of any type
• linked verse
• rhymed work
• books for review

Response Time:
Members of the editorial team will acknowledge your submission within a week of receipt. Final acceptances or rejections will be sent once the final selections are complete. If you happen to experience a delay, please contact the principal editor, Sonam, at allthingshaibun@gmail.com
REMINDER: Please send any/all other submissions (within the "body" of an email), with the Subject heading for the appropriate form you are submitting to, all in CAPITAL LETTERS.

Submit your work according to the following genre editors: (see definitions page if you're unclear about these distinctions):

Tanka Editor: Kathy Kituai, Australia

submittocattails+tanka@gmail.com with the subject heading: TANKA

Haiku Editor: Geethanjali Rajan, India

submittocattails+haiku@gmail.com with the subject heading: HAIKU

Senryu Editor: Gautam Nadkarni, India

submittocattails+SENRYU@gmail.com with the subject heading: SENRYU

Haibun Editor: April Issue : Sonam Chhoki, Bhutan

submittocattails+HAIBUN@gmail.com with the subject heading: HAIBUN

Haibun Editor: October Issue : Mike Montreuil, Canada

submittocattails+HAIBUN@gmail.com with the subject heading: HAIBUN

Haiga/Tankart Editor: Lavana Kray, Romania

submittocattails+HAIGA@gmail.com with the subject heading HAIGA

Youth Corner Editor: Kala Ramesh, India

submittocattails+YOUTH@gmail.com with the subject heading: YOUTH

Managing Editor: Mike Montreuil, Canada

submittocattails+TECH@gmail.com with the subject heading: TECH

UHTS Secretary: lliyana Stoyanova

submittocattails+JOIN@gmail.com with the subject heading: JOIN


We look forward to your submissions!


Iliyana Stoyanova
UHTS Secretary



#46


Dear all,

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE ANNUAL UHTS SAMURAI HAIBUN CONTEST CLOSE ON 15th DECEMBER 2018

For further details on how to submit please check the contest guidelines here:

http://unitedhaikuandtankasociety.com/contest-submission-guidelines

Please do not submit after the deadline to avoid confusion and disappointment.

RESULTS: The names of winners (only) will be notified by email and the winning poems will be published with the Judge's commentary in an upcoming issue of Seedpods, our e-newsletter. To receive a copy of Seedpods, please join UHTS by contacting our Secretary, Iliyana Stoyanova at uhts_secretary@fastmail.co.uk, with the subject heading "UHTS MEMBERSHIP".

Marianna Monaco

UHTS CONTEST COORDINATOR

email: marianna.monaco@gmail.com
#47
Contests and Awards / UHTS SAMURAI HAIBUN CONTEST CALL
September 05, 2018, 11:50:12 PM

Dear all,

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE ANNUAL UHTS SAMURAI HAIBUN CONTEST ARE OPEN.

The Submission Period and Deadline are 1st September - 15th December. For further details on how to submit please check the contest guidelines here:

http://unitedhaikuandtankasociety.com/contest-submission-guidelines

Please do "not" use the cattails submissions guidelines for contests.

RESULTS: The names of winners (only) will be notified by email and the winning poems will be published with the Judge's commentary in an upcoming issue of Seedpods, our e-newsletter. To receive a copy of Seedpods, please join UHTS by contacting our Secretary, Iliyana Stoyanova at uhts_secretary@fastmail.co.uk, with the subject heading "UHTS MEMBERSHIP".


Marianna Monaco
UHTS CONTEST COORDINATOR
email: marianna.monaco@gmail.com

#48
Dear all,

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE ANNUAL UHTS FLEETING WORDS TANKA CONTEST CLOSE ON 15th AUGUST 2018

Please do not submit after the deadline to avoid confusion and disappointment.

RESULTS: The names of winners (only) will be notified by email and the winning poems will be published with the Judge's commentary in an upcoming issue of Seedpods, our e-newsletter. To receive a copy of Seedpods, please join UHTS by contacting our Secretary, Iliyana Stoyanova at uhts_secretary@fastmail.co.uk, with the subject heading "UHTS MEMBERSHIP".



Marianna Monaco

UHTS CONTEST COORDINATOR

email: marianna.monaco@gmail.com
#49
Journal Announcements / Close of cattails Submissions
August 02, 2018, 12:33:38 AM
CLOSE OF SUBMISSIONS


SUBMISSIONS FOR THE OCTOBER 2018 ISSUE OF CATTAILS CLOSE 15th AUGUST MIDNIGHT (GMT). Please do not submit poems after the deadline to avoid confusion and disappointment.








#50
Journal Announcements / cattails Submissions
July 02, 2018, 03:56:04 AM
SUBMISSIONS FOR OCTOBER 2018 ISSUE OF cattails OPEN 1ST JULY (midnight) GMT AND CLOSE 15TH AUGUST (midnight) GMT.

cattails is now accepting haiga for publication. Please make sure you submit your work to the correct editor. N.B. Lavana Kray is the Haiga editor. Mike Montreuil is the haibun editor for the October issue and Sonam Chhoki, the April issue.

1 Send your work, including images for haiga, in the body of an email only – attachments will not be opened. You must include your country, full name, and email address in the body of the email to be considered. For haiga, images should have a resolution of at least 200 dpi.


2. We consider only works that have never been previously published elsewhere, either online or in print, (this includes on social media sites, blogs, and websites).

3. We do not consider works submitted elsewhere simultaneously, including to journals or competitions.

4. The work presented must be yours exclusively or if it's collaboration, all persons involved in the collaboration must be included in the submission.

5. We encourage, but do not require you to submit your works in your native language, along with the English version.

6. You may make one submission per reading period of:
• Not more than 10 tanka
• Not more than 12 haiku
• Not more than 12 Senryu
• Not more than 3 haiga
• Not more than 3 haibun

7.What we do not accept:
• mainstream short form poetry
• tanka prose
• sequences of any type
• linked verse
• rhymed work
• books for review

Response Time:
Members of the editorial team will acknowledge your submission within a week of receipt. Final acceptances or rejections will be sent once the final selections are complete. If you happen to experience a delay, please contact the principal editor, Sonam, at allthingshaibun@gmail.com

REMINDER: Please send any/all other submissions (within the "body" of an email), with the Subject heading for the appropriate form you are submitting to, all in CAPITAL LETTERS.

Submit your work according to the following genre editors: (see definitions page if you're unclear about these distinctions):

Tanka Editor: Kathy Kituai, Australia

submittocattails+TANKA@gmail.com with the subject heading: TANKA

Haiku Editor: Geethanjali Rajan, India

submittocattails+HAIKU@gmail.com with the subject heading: HAIKU

Senryu Editor: Gautam Nadkarni, India

submittocattails+SENRYU@gmail.com with the subject heading: SENRYU

Haibun Editor: April Issue : Sonam Chhoki, Bhutan

submittocattails+HAIBUN@gmail.com with the subject heading: HAIBUN

Haibun Editor: October Issue : Mike Montreuil, Canada

submittocattails+HAIBUN@gmail.com with the subject heading: HAIBUN

Haiga/Tankart Editor: Lavana Kray, Romania

submittocattails+HAIGA@gmail.com with the subject heading HAIGA

Youth Corner Editor: Kala Ramesh, India

submittocattails+YOUTH@gmail.com with the subject heading: YOUTH

Managing Editor: Mike Montreuil, Canada

submittocattails+TECH@gmail.com with the subject heading: TECH

UHTS Secretary: lliyana Stoyanova

submittocattails+JOIN@gmail.com with the subject heading: JOIN



We are looking forward to your submissions!


Iliyana Stoyanova
UHTS Secretary

#51
Journal Announcements / cattails archive update
May 11, 2018, 11:28:54 AM
cattails archive update

The pdf conversion of past issues of cattails starting with January 2014 is now completed. These are available in the archive. Kindly note some of the issues do not have videos, haiga or tankart. Where possible, the images have been retrieved and included in the pdf versions. Here's the link to the updated archive.:
http://www.cattailsjournal.com/archives.html

cattails is also archived in the THF Digital library.:
https://www.thehaikufoundation.org/omeka/items/show/3607

#52
Dream Alchemy

DREAMS HAVE BEEN WIDELY LINKED TO INSPIRATION. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, it is believed that there are six intermediate stages in living and dying. Each of these 'in-between' phases is called the bar-do and it is viewed as a powerful stage for awakening and discovering the heart of enlightenment.

The si-pai bar-do, which is the liminal state between death and a new rebirth, is widely known due to treatises like the Bar-do Tho-dol (Book of the Dead). However, the mi-lam or dream bar-do too has great mystical significance.  For example, one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist texts, The Sealed and Secret Biography of the Fifth Dalai Lama, also known as the Great Fifth (1617-1682) contains his visionary writings and paintings, which came to him in a series of mystical dreams. Similarly, the founder of the Bhutanese state, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel (1594-1651) instituted the tradition of ritual performances and mask dances, which were inspired by visitations of the tutelary deities in his dreams. These rituals and mask dances are still performed today.

In a much-quoted incident about Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834), it is said that he wrote his well-known poem, Kubla Khan, on waking up from a dream. His other poem, The Ancient Mariner, also has this dream-like quality.

The short story, Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (1883–1924) opens with this passage:
'When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous insect.'

In Isabel Allende's novel, The House of the Spirits, the main character, Clara, has the faculty of dreaming of events before they occur.

Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca begins with another allusion to dreams. :
'Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate leading to the drive, and for a while I could not enter for the way was barred to me.  . . .  Then, like all dreamers, I was possessed of a sudden with supernatural powers and passed like a spirit through the barrier before me . . .'

Alice, the protagonist of Lewis Carroll's novel encounters a world peopled with characters that plays on the logic of dream and fantasy.

Finally, the Argentine novelist and short story writer, Julio Cortazar (1914–1984) said:
'Only in dreams, in poetry, in play do we sometimes arrive at what we were before we were this thing that, who knows, we are.' 

Are dreams important to your writing?
Do you use dreams in your writing?

Dream Alchemy will be published as a Special Feature of 25 tanka on the Atlas Poetica website at: http://atlaspoetica.org/. The general guidelines for Atlas Poetica apply. Dream Alchemy will publish summer, 2018.

Please submit five of your best dream-inspired tanka to us. Only one tanka per individual poet will be selected, so please send us your best poems. The poems must be original, previously unpublished and not under consideration by any other journal. Poems posted on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook or personal blogs will be considered.

Send submissions to Sonam Chhoki blacklangur@outlook.com with the subject line: "Submission–Dream Alchemy". Please send your tanka in the body of the email. Do not send attachments, which will be deleted. Please include a brief  (not more than 5 lines) bio-note about your writing.

Submission period: 30th November 2017–31st January 2018.

Acceptance or non-acceptance of submissions will be notified as soon as possible after the deadline.
#53
Journal Announcements / cattails: April 2017 issue
April 08, 2017, 04:00:41 PM
The April 2017 issue of cattails is now online:
http://www.cattailsjournal.com/


#54


cattails, the haikai journal of the United Haiku and Tanka Society is now open for submissions.

There will be 2 issues of cattails in 2017:

Spring: (mid-April) and Autumn/Fall: (mid-September).
Submissions for Spring/April issue open: 1st January Midnight GMT and close: 15 February Midnight GMT.

Submission details for autumn issue will be given in the April issue.

The first Issue of cattails will appear: mid-April 2017.

More details on 'How to submit page': http://unitedhaikuandtankasociety.com/submituhts.html

#55
Journal Announcements / cattails: January 2016 Issue
January 16, 2016, 11:45:16 PM
The January 2016 issue of cattails in now online: http://www.unitedhaikuandtankasociety.com/
#56
No Writer is an Island

IN HIS SELECTED ESSAYS, T. S. ELIOT – THE POET WHO IS EQUALLY WELL-KNOWN AS A LITERARY CRITIC – argues that 'no writer is completely self-sufficient' and that the creative powers of a writer are enhanced by their participation in critical activity. Eliot, like Mathew Arnold, another literary critic of an earlier era (1822-88), links creation with criticism.

According to Eliot 'the literature of the world . . . the literature of Europe . . . the literature of a single country is not the collection of the writings of individuals but organic wholes.' He calls this the 'systems in relations'. It is only in relation to this that 'individual works of literary art have their significance.' Furthermore, Eliot points out that it is a fallacy to believe that, in subjecting one's work to criticism, one loses one's individual voice. It is, he contends, 'a second-rate' artist/writer who 'cannot afford to surrender himself for common action, for his chief task is the assertion of all the trifling differences that are his distinction.'

The writer-critic must 'practise and practise the art of which they write'. He identifies some vital qualities of the writer-critic, one of which is 'a highly developed sense of fact'. This involves expanding one's spheres of facts and knowledge in order to be able to articulate views beyond the individual's simple likes, dislikes and prejudices. Eliot is mindful that the task of the writer-critic is not without pitfalls. However, he holds that 'the objective of the writer-critic is merely to put the reader in possession of facts he might have otherwise missed.' In doing so, Eliot concludes, both the writer and the critic are able to arrive at something outside themselves.

Do you agree that your writing is enhanced by your critiquing?

Do you think that, by subjecting your writing to criticism, you lose your individual voice or style?

Do you feel that your writing is part of the 'organic whole' of relationships/exchanges with other writers?

Are you able to arrive at what Eliot calls 'something outside' yourself by critiquing?

Do you find that editors who accept your work are better than those who reject?

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