Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wednesday updates

Hello Sketchbook Writers and Artists and Readers:

A note from Karina.

Some of you may know, as a woman I love to create new things. In addition to my Global Correspondents, the Little Black Book, Contributing Editors and Childwriter's Sketchbook, which were my last creations to the Sketchbook, I have a new one, Showcase Haiku Haijin, ie. SHH! I will scout out each Sketchbook Issue for haiku to Showcase. These haiku will be chosen by rigid standards.

I have not set a limit to how many haiku will be selected for the Showcase Haiku Haijin; that will be determined and vary each issue depending upon the haiku submitted and selected for the issue. While our thread is themed and our kukai has a kigo, the Showcase Haiku Haijin (SHH), will not be restricted to a topic. However, each Showcase Haiku must have a kigo / season word in the season of the publication they are submitting to. Showcase Haiku Haijin is only for Haiku, no other genres. Later we will add Tanka as a separate showcase.

Haijin may send up to five haiku for each bi-monthly issue: February, April, June, August, October, and December. Haiku entered in the Showcase Haiku Haijin (SHH) must be previously unpublished; they must not be work shopped; they must not appear on any list, forum, group, blog, or in print. In short, if the haiku has appeared on the internet or in print we consider it to have been published. The next deadline is 20, October, 2011 for the September/October 31, 2011 issue. Any autumn kigo may be selected.

Send to:
Subject line: SHH and your name

Include a Reference from which your Autumn kigo word was chosen; for example:

Autumn Kigo: "morning dew"--autumn season/climate: The Haiku Handbook. William J. Higginson, p. 277.

Autumn Kigo: "quail"--autum season / animals: The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words: on-line @
Autumn Kigo: "harvest time"--autumn season/humanity: World Kigo Database--on-line:

The World Kigo Datebase also maintains a list of regional Kigo. Other saijiki sources may also be used; just be specific.
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The July / August Sketchbook issue will not be published until September 30, 2011 due to the high volume of submissions and tributes.

Remember to submit your poems to the Found Poem Contest to be elegible for the 1st. prize of $50.00 or 2nd prize of $ 25.00. Read the Details here! Deadline is December 1, 2011.

Send Found Poems to :
Subject Line: Found Poem Contest plus Poet’s Name
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Sketchbook “autumn leaves” Kukai: Enter by October 20, 2011: read the details here.

Sketchbook “cemetery” Haiku Thread: Enter by October 26, 2011; read the details here.

Submissions are open for the September / October 31, 2011 Sketchbook. Submit by October 20, 2011. Read the submission guidelines.

Karina Klesko, Sketchbook Administrator

Sketchbook Editors: Karina Klesko and John Daleiden
kk / jd

Gabriel Rosenstock sent this:

a new Wurm project: the poezine can-can

details here:

The winners of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2011 Haiku Invitational have been posted:

I'd like to thank Charlotte Digregorio for linking to my mini essay entitled An Introduction to Haiku & Senryu for New Haiku & Senryu Poets and also for interviewing me and featuring three of my free verse poems on her web site recently.

And, finally, some very sad news for you today:

Vale Janice M Bostok 1942 -2011

Australian haiku poets will be saddened by the death of revered haiku poet Janice M Bostok, Patron of the Australian Haiku Society, editor, teacher, judge and mentor in the haiku field. Janice died peacefully in the Murwillumbah Hospital yesterday afternoon Sunday 4th September. On behalf of the Australian Haiku Society (HaikuOz) may I offer condolences to Janice’s family, and to her haiku colleagues and friends.

Cynthia Rowe
President: The Australian Haiku Society

More information on Janice’s life and her role in the haiku community will be posted soon.

Please submit your memorial poems and brief tributes to

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