Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wednesday updates 01/20/2010

The 2010 Anita Sadler Weiss Memorial Haiku Awards

The deadline for the 2010 Anita Sadler Weiss Memorial Haiku Awards Competition is fast approaching. See the guidelines below and get your entries in. We want to have as many participants, from as many locales around the world, as we possibly can!

Deadline: IN-HAND by JANUARY 31, 2010.

Sponsor: The Haiku Poets of Central Maryland.

Eligibility: Open to the public, aged 14 and up. (Only the contest coordinators are prohibited from entering.)

Awards: Total of $300.00 in prize money: First Place, $175.00; Second Place, $75.00; Third Place, $50.00. Five ranked Honorable Mentions will also be awarded. (Contest coordinators reserve the right to lower the prize money if sufficient entries are not received to cover the stated awards.)

Submissions: All entries must be the original work of the poet, unpublished, and not under consideration elsewhere.

Entry fee: $1.00 per poem. Poets may enter up to 15 haiku. Entry fee must accompany submission.

Submission Guidelines: Print or type each individual haiku, in English, on three separate 3-inch x 5-inch white index cards. On the back of ONE CARD ONLY print or type your name, address, and email address (if one is available). Include a No. 10 (business-size) SASE (or SAE plus US$1 for return postage for entries sent from outside the U.S.) for notification. Also enclose your entry fee in U.S. currency or check or money order payable in U.S. dollars to “HPCM/Elizabeth Fanto.” ENTRIES NOT FOLLOWING THESE GUIDELINES WILL BE RETURNED OR (IF SUFFICIENT POSTAGE AND/OR ENVELOPE ARE LACKING) DISCARDED. Entries without SASE or SAE + return postage will not receive winner notification.

Send entries to: Haiku Poets of Central Maryland, c/o Elizabeth Fanto, 51 Gerard Avenue, Timonium, MD 21093 USA. DO NOT EMAIL ENTRIES.

Notification/publication: Winners’ list will be mailed on April 6, 2010, to commemorate Anita Sadler Weiss’ birthday. Notification of winning poems will be sent to all competition participants and made available to the public for an SASE while supplies last. The winning poems also will be printed in The Dragonfly, the newsletter of the Haiku Poets of Central Maryland. All rights remain with the poets.

Adjudication: The name(s) of the judge(s) will be announced concurrently with the winning haiku.

This just in from J. Zimmerman:

Dear Haiku and Tanka (and other) poets -- and readers of books:

I just came across an interesting new book blog with a project of reading women authors in 2010, so far with emphasis on poetry, specifically haiku and tanka:

One entry is on Peggy Lyles' haiku collection To Hear the Rain [Peggy is an associate editor of The Heron's Nest.] A cited haiku by Peggy is:

reaching for green pears -
the pull
of an old scar

Shortcut is:

Another entry is on the new-to me tanka poet Akiko Baba: Heavenly Maiden Tanka. The blogger adds helpful background on relevant Japanese customs and includes the Romaji: "The Romaji allows non-Japanese readers to appreciate the lyricism of the originals, and through her imagery, Baba lets the natural world speak to human concerns." An example:

like snow
like leaves of a tree
as light as
the click click of collecting
the bones of my mother


The blog has a brief paragraph explaining the motivation for the project.


Ann K. Schwader mentioned an interest in writing speculative haibun during her Haiku - Three Questions visit here on June 21, 2009. One of Ann's haibun was published recently in the online poetry journal Goblin Fruit. To read Mount Pacho, visit the link below:

Saša Važić sent this link:


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