Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday updates

2011 San Francisco International Competition
Haiku, Senryu, Tanka and Rengay
Sponsored by: Haiku Poets of Northern California
Deadlines for Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka: In hand, October 31, 2011
Deadlines for Rengay: In hand, November 30, 2011

All entries must be original, unpublished, and not under consideration elsewhere. There is no limit to the number of submissions. A first prize of $100 will be awarded in each of the four categories. For the Haiku contests, second and third prizes of $50 and $25 will be awarded. Contest results will be announced at the first HPNC meeting in January and in the HPNC Newsletter. Winning poems will be published in the Spring/Summer issue of Mariposa, the membership journal of the HPNC. All rights revert to authors after the contest results are announced. This contest is open to all except the HPNC president and, for their respective categories, the contest coordinators and the judges (who will remain anonymous until after the competition, except rengay contest).

Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka Submission Guidelines
Type or print each entry on two 3 x 5 cards. In the upper left corner of each card identify its category as Haiku, Senryu, or Tanka. On the back of one card only, print your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (optional). The entry fee is $1.00 per poem. Send haiku, senryu and tanka submissions, along with entry fee, to HPNC, c/o Carolyne Rohrig, 37966 Parkmont Dr., Fremont, CA 94536.

Rengay Submission Guidelines
All rengay must be titled. For two people (Poet A and Poet B) follow this linked format: 3 lines/Poet A, 2 lines/Poet B, 3/A, 3/B, 2/A, 3/B. For three poets (A, B, and C) the format is: 3 lines/A, 2 lines/B, 3 lines/C, 2/A, 3/B, 2/C. Type or print each rengay on three letter-size sheets. Include full authorship information, stanza by stanza, as well as all poets' names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses (optional) on one copy only. On the other two copies, mark stanzas with letters only (poet A, poet B, poet C) to indicate the sequence of authorship. The entry fee is $5.00 per rengay. The rengay judge will be announced later. Send rengay submissions to HPNC, c/o Fay Aoyagi, 930 Pine St. #105, San Francisco CA 94108.

Entry Fees
Make checks or money orders payable in U.S. dollars to "Haiku Poets of Northern California (HPNC)." Cash (in U.S. currency) is OK. Enclose a business-size SASE (U.S. first class postage or an IRC) for notification of contest winners. No entries will be returned, with the exception of late submissions, or those received without payment. These will be returned using your SASE; without an SASE these entries will be discarded.

Thank you for participating in this year's contest.
If you have any questions, please contact Carolyne Rohrig by e-mail (

South by Southeast has a submissions deadline coming up on Sept. 15th. Visit the South by Southeast web site for more information:

North Carolina Haiku Society poets Lenard D. Moore and Tom Heffernan have free verse poems about 9/11 on the North Carolina Arts Council web site. Click their names below to read their poems:

Lenard D. Moore

Tom Heffernan

M. Kei sent this:

I have completed the revamp of Pirates of the Narrow Seas, second edition, publishing now through CreateSpace. The books have better physical production values, and I'm very happy with the new printer.

Pirates of the Narrow Seas 1 : The Sallee Rovers, 2nd Edition:

Pirates of the Narrow Seas 3 : Iron Men, Kindle edition:

The first three books in the series are also available in other formats from All Romance Books, iBooksthore, and other retailers.

Lt. Peter Thorton, a gay officer serving in the British navy during the Age of Sail must struggle to come out gay while surviving ship to ship battles, storms at sea, duels, kidnapping and more in his quest for true love and honor in the narrow Seas. Winner of a Sweet Revolution Award and a Rainbow Award.

The first book can be read for free online at:

Happy reading,


M. Kei
author, Pirates of the Narrow Seas

Another poet has passed. Svetlana Marisova died a couple of days ago at the age of 21. Robert D. Wilson has more information on his A Lousy Mirror web site.

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