Sunday, January 10, 2010

Haiga & ukiaHaiku updates

This just in from an'ya:

The original founder and first Webmistress of HAIGAOnline was Jeanne Emrich; the second editor and webmistress of haigaonline was an'ya, and the third editor and current Webmistress is Linda Papanicolaou, who now keeps it alive and well as Haigaonline at

From the very beginning and to-date, the "Poem this Painting" concept was and still is, a special feature of HO. With respect and in keeping with that fun tradition, and since moonset prints haiga also - we invite everyone to send in their submissions to us for this cheery spring "chickadee in pine" by resident moonset artist, Marje A. Dyck of Canada. Marje herself will choose the haiku she thinks best enhances her artwork, and the finished haiga (haiku painting) will be published in moonset's Spring/Summer 2010 issue.

Just submit your (one) haiku directly to with the subject heading "Author this Picture" any time before our next deadline of 1 February, 2010. Think spring! . . .

A Wild Garden
A Visit with Haikumaster Jane Reichhold

Dear Friends,

The ukiaHaiku festival is now accepting submissions of haiku to the Jane Reichhold International Prize category (formerly the Contemporary Haiku category). Festival organizers thought you might enjoy reading the attached essay about a visit with Jane Reichhold. Please pass it, and the festival guidelines (below), to everyone you know who writes haiku, and to any and all haiku groups and organizations that you know of. Submissions to the competition must be post-marked by February 26, 2010.

Kate Marianchild

ukiaHaiku Festival and Competition

The ukiaHaiku festival and competition welcomes submissions of haiku to the Jane Reichhold International Prize category (formerly known as the Contemporary Haiku category) from poets across the planet.* Poems submitted in this category may be written in either the contemporary or the traditional 5-7-5 format.

Jane Reichhold is a haiku poet of international renown who has generously contributed her time and expertise to the development of the ukiaHaiku festival. She is the author of over thirty books, including "Writing and Enjoying Haiku: A Hands-on Guide." She is a two-time winner of the Museum of Haiku Literature Award (Tokyo), and three-time winner of a Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award. In 1998, in recognition of her contributions to haiku poetry, the Emperor and Empress of Japan invited her to attend the Imperial New Year's Poetry Party at the Palace in Tokyo. But more than anything else, Jane is a delight to be with. Her love of Haiku as an art form is a reflection of her love of the world. You can learn more about Jane and her wide-ranging interest in haiku and other forms of short poetry at her website and in the attached essay.

Website Address:
Fee: $5 for up to three haiku.
Limit: Maximum 3 haiku per person.
Eligibility: age 19 and over.

Submission Guidelines:
If emailing: Follow instructions on website, or:

1) Send a separate email for each haiku to Send no more than three haiku. In body of email include:

a) author's name;
b) email address;
c) the category (Contemporary);
d) the poem;
e) alternate/additional contact information;

2) Send the fee by snail mail to ukiaHaiku festival, POB 865, Ukiah, CA 95482.

If snail mailing: Go to and download the form. Follow instructions on the form.

Deadline: February 26, 2010 (postmark or email date).

Judging: Internationally famous haiku poet Jane Reichhold will judge the Contemporary Haiku category.

Awards: $100 first place, $50 second place, $25 third place, plus a small booklet of winning poems and publication in that booklet.

Festival and Awards Ceremony: Sunday April 18, 2010, 2 p.m. Winners are strongly encouraged to attend the festival to read their poems.

*The other categories, including a new Spanish-language category, are reserved for contestants from Mendocino, Sonoma, Lake, and Humboldt counties in northern California, USA.

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