Irish Haiku Society

Established in 2006

               Haiku Competition   

The Irish Haiku Society is a not-for-profit organisation promoting the writing and appreciation of haiku in Ireland. It organises readings, ginko, workshops and other haiku-related events.



IHS International Haiku Competition 2014 Rules


The Competition Prizes

 

The IHS International Haiku Competition offers prizes of 

Euro 150, Euro 50 and Euro 30

for unpublished haiku/senryu in English.

In addition there will be up to seven Highly Commended haiku/senryu.

Entrants may win more than one prize.

 

Deadline:

 All the entries shall be postmarked by 30th November 2014. Overseas (non-EU) entries mailed in the month up to and including this closing date must be sent by airmail.

 

Address for Entries:

Administrator,

The IHS International Haiku Competition 2014

75 Willow Park Grove

Glasnevin

Dublin 11

Ireland

 

 The Rules of the Competition


1.      Entrants may submit an unlimited number of haiku/senryu in any language. 

2.      A haiku/senryu written in Irish (Gaelic), or in a foreign language, should be submitted accompanied by an English translation of the haiku on the same list. These translations cannot be made by the adjudicator of the competition or edited by him.

3.      Haiku by members of the IHS are eligible for the competition. Haiku by the members of the Board of the IHS are not eligible.

4.      Each haiku must be accompanied by a fee of 3 or £2.50 sterling or ¥ 500, or USA $4. Or with each seven haiku: €20 or £15 sterling or ¥ 3000 or $25. Methods of payment: personal cheques, International Bank Drafts or postal/money orders in Euro, or U.K Sterling, or US Dollars only, are acceptable and should be made payable to The Irish Haiku Society. No other cheques/ International Bank Drafts/ postal/money orders can be accepted. Entrants in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries should send Euro, US, Sterling or Yen banknotes, unless they have an Ireland-, US- or UK-based bank account. Please do not send coins.

5.      Haiku/senryu of 17 syllables or fewer are eligible for the competition. All haiku must be the original work of a living author. They must not have been previously published, self-published, published on an edited or unedited website, or have won a prize, or Honourable Mention, at a haiku contest.

6.      The poems must be typed or very clearly written on one side of the paper only. Each haiku must be submitted on a separate sheet of paper. 

 7.      The haiku and payment should be firmly attached to the entry form/covering letter. The name of the entrant must not appear on the poems themselves.

8.      Contestants are asked to provide a covering letter with their Name, Address, Phone Number, E-mail address, Date of Birth, Nationality, Occupation, any Haiku group affiliation and the first lines of their poems. The name of the translator(s), if any, must also appear in the covering letter but not on the poems themselves.

9.      No alterations can be made to the haiku once it has been submitted, and it is regretted that no entries can be returned.

10. Haiku cannot be submitted via the adjudicator of the competition. Any attempt to contact the adjudicator of the competition in relation to it will result in immediate disqualification.

11. The judge's decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into regarding those decisions.

 

Submission of haiku implies the competitor's acceptance of the conditions set out above.

The prize-winners will be announced in January 2015 and subsequently awarded. A list of the prize-winners will be posted up on the IHS website at 

http://www.irishhaiku.webs.com/haikucompetition.htm as soon as they are announced.

Copyright will remain with the competitors, but the Irish Haiku Society reserves the right to arrange first publication or broadcast of selected haiku as it sees fit.

 

 Adjudicator

 
Anatoly Kudryavitsky is the editor of Shamrock Haiku Journal and the current President of the Irish Haiku Society. His own collections include Shadow of Time (2005), Morning at Mount Ring (2007) and Capering Moons (2011), the latter two being collections of haiku and senryu. His haiku have received awards in Ireland, Japan, USA, Italy, Croatia, Romania and Canada, and were published in the main haiku magazines.




Competition Rules in PDF format are available here







IHS International Haiku Competition 2013 Results


The Irish Haiku Society is proud to announce the results of the sixth IHS International Haiku Competition. 148 haiku by poets from eight countries/territories (Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland and the USA) were submitted to this year’s competition. It was adjudicated by Anatoly Kudryavitsky, and was judged blindly. The following is the list of prize-winning and highly commended haiku.




1st Prize

 John Barlow (England) receives the first prize of € 150 for the following haiku:

over the eggs
they laid too soon
late falling snow



2nd Prize

The 2nd Prize of € 50 goes to Quendryth Young (Australia) for the following haiku:

sun's out
a drop on the lily pad
changes to green



3rd Prize

 
Scott Mason (New York, USA) and
Ian Storr (England) each receive the third prize of € 30 for the following haiku:

 the faint melody
of a carousel
swirling leaves

(by Scott Mason)

 

winter's end
fence wire ripples
in the wake of a coot

(by Ian Storr)


  
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Highly Commended Haiku

 
In alphabetical order:

 

Ernest Berry (New Zealand)

sacred ground
red geraniums
where they fell

  

Marion Clarke (Northern Ireland)

jardin d'hiver
la balancelle de mon père
toujours grinçante

self-translation:

winter garden
my father's swing seat
still creaking

 

Robert Davey (England)

dawn grey
the scratch of a claw
from the sleeping dog

 

Cynthia Rowe (Australia)

on the pine
a feather stiff with sleet
ice moon

 

Timothy Russell (USA)

anniversary...
a pinwheel on the next grave
suddenly starts up

 

Jennifer Sutherland (Australia)

dusk shadows
a peacock’s cry
across the paddocks

 

 Quendryth Young (Australia)


spring birdsong
a common cuckoo
barges in


Our congratulations go to all of the winners. We also express our sincere gratitude to the Administrator of the competition, without whom…






IHS International Haiku Competition 2013 Rules


The Competition Prizes

 

The IHS International Haiku Competition offers prizes of 

Euro 150, Euro 50 and Euro 30

for unpublished haiku/senryu in English.

In addition there will be up to seven Highly Commended haiku/senryu.

Entrants may win more than one prize.

 

Deadline:

 All the entries shall be postmarked by 30th November 2013. Overseas (non-EU) entries mailed in the month up to and including this closing date must be sent by airmail.

 

Address for Entries:

Administrator,

The IHS International Haiku Competition 2013

75 Willow Park Grove

Glasnevin

Dublin 11

Ireland

 

 The Rules of the Competition


1.      Entrants may submit an unlimited number of haiku/senryu in any language. 

2.      A haiku/senryu written in Irish (Gaelic), or in a foreign language, should be submitted accompanied by an English translation of the haiku on the same list. These translations cannot be made by the adjudicator of the competition or edited by him.

3.      Haiku by members of the IHS are eligible for the competition. Haiku by the members of the Board of the IHS are not eligible.

4.      Each haiku must be accompanied by a fee of 3 or £2.50 sterling or ¥ 500, or USA $4. Or with each seven haiku: €20 or £15 sterling or ¥ 3000 or $25. Methods of payment: personal cheques, International Bank Drafts or postal/money orders in Euro, or U.K Sterling, or US Dollars only, are acceptable and should be made payable to The Irish Haiku Society. No other cheques/ International Bank Drafts/ postal/money orders can be accepted. Entrants in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries should send Euro, US, Sterling or Yen banknotes, unless they have an Ireland-, US- or UK-based bank account. Please do not send coins.

5.      Haiku/senryu of 17 syllables or fewer are eligible for the competition. All haiku must be the original work of a living author. They must not have been previously published, self-published, published on an edited or unedited website, or have won a prize, or Honourable Mention, at a haiku contest.

6.      The poems must be typed or very clearly written on one side of the paper only. Each haiku must be submitted on a separate sheet of paper. 

 7.      The haiku and payment should be firmly attached to the entry form/covering letter. The name of the entrant must not appear on the poems themselves.

8.      Contestants are asked to provide a covering letter with their Name, Address, Phone Number, E-mail address, Date of Birth, Nationality, Occupation, any Haiku group affiliation and the first lines of their poems. The name of the translator(s), if any, must also appear in the covering letter but not on the poems themselves.

9.      No alterations can be made to the haiku once it has been submitted, and it is regretted that no entries can be returned.

10. Haiku cannot be submitted via the adjudicator of the competition. Any attempt to contact the adjudicator of the competition in relation to it will result in immediate disqualification.

11. The judge's decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into regarding those decisions.

 

Submission of haiku implies the competitor's acceptance of the conditions set out above.

The prize-winners will be announced in January 2014 and subsequently awarded. A list of the prize-winners will be posted up on the IHS website at 

http://www.irishhaiku.webs.com/haikucompetition.htm as soon as they are announced.

Copyright will remain with the competitors, but the Irish Haiku Society reserves the right to arrange first publication or broadcast of selected haiku as it sees fit.

 

 Adjudicator

 
Anatoly Kudryavitsky is the editor of Shamrock Haiku Journal and the current President of the Irish Haiku Society. His own collections include Shadow of Time (2005), Morning at Mount Ring (2007) and Capering Moons (2011), the latter two being collections of haiku and senryu. His haiku have received awards in Ireland, Japan, USA, Italy, Croatia, Romania and Canada, and were published in the main haiku magazines.




Competition Rules in PDF format are available here



IHS International Haiku Competition 2012 Results


The Irish Haiku Society is proud to announce the results of the fifth IHS International Haiku Competition. This year we saw a further increase in the number of participating authors. 262 haiku by poets from thirteen countries/territories (Australia, Canada, Chile, England, Germany, Ireland, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Serbia, USA and Wales) were submitted to this year’s competition. It was adjudicated by Anatoly Kudryavitsky, and was judged blindly. The following is the list of prize-winning and highly commended haiku.




1st Prize

 Alan S. Bridges (Massachusetts, USA) receives the first prize of € 150 for the following haiku:

gale-force wind
a bird's nest becomes
what it was



2nd Prize

The 2nd Prize of € 50 goes to Steven Carter (Arizona, USA) for the following haiku:

wind in tamaracks -
whispering to shadows,
shadows



3rd Prize

 
John Barlow (England) and
Ernest J. Berry (New Zealand) each receive the third prize of € 30 for the following haiku:

 drawing the geese
from the stubble fields
the pink-tinged sky

(by John Barlow)

 

funeral march
the crunch crunch crunch
of cicada husks

(by Ernest J. Berry)


  
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Highly Commended Haiku

 
In alphabetical order:

 

Owen Bullock (New Zealand)

on the piano
photos of the ones
who don't visit

  

Tracy Davidson (England)

April showers
my inside-out umbrella
drowns a snail

 

Cathy Drinkwater Better (Pennsylvania, USA)

November dusk
a cloud of sparrows rounds
the weathered silo

 

Scott Mason (New York, USA)

end of summer
the busker's trouser cuffs
collect burs

 

Conor O'Neill (Ireland - Chile)

twilight
the late swallow passes
the first bat

 

Cynthia Rowe (New South Wales, Australia)

stone steps
an electric ant takes
the handrail

 

 Julie Warther (Ohio, USA)


spring equinox
chaise lounge claimed
by the swollen river


Our congratulations go to all of the winners. We also express our sincere gratitude to the Administrator of the competition, without whom…





Competition Rules in PDF format are available here





IHS International Haiku Competition 2011 Results


The Irish Haiku Society is proud to announce the results of the fourth IHS International Haiku Competition. This year we saw a further increase in the number of participating authors. 232 haiku by poets from fourteen countries (Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Romania, USA and Wales) were submitted to this year’s competition in Category A. As for Category B open only for participants born or residing on the island of Ireland, we received 37 poems. Poets submitting their works in this category were expected to write about poverty and include reflections upon or references to "Poverty: punishment for a crime you didn't commit" (attributed to Eli Khamarov). This year’s competition was adjudicated by Anatoly Kudryavitsky, and it was judged blindly. The following is the list of prize-winning and highly commended haiku in both categories.



 

Category A 



1st Prize

 Quendryth Young (Australia) receives the first prize of € 150 for the following haiku:

turning tide
the buoy bobs
sideways



2nd Prize

The 2nd Prize of € 50 goes to John Barlow (England) for the following haiku:

the windfalls
he gathered
gathering dusk



3rd Prize

 
Bouwe Brouwer (the Netherlands) receives the third prize of € 30 for the following haiku:

 November rain -
the fence
around the ruin


  
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Highly Commended Haiku

 
In alphabetical order:

 

Ernest J. Berry (New Zealand)

early dusk
the elderly sexton
wreathed in mist

  

Marion Clarke (Northern Ireland)

storm on the lough
streetlamps on Seaview
lit by sunrise

 

Beth McFarland (Northern Ireland - Germany)

laid at the feet
of a cat,
all the Alps

 

Peter Newton (USA)

first snow...
filling the emptiness
of a curled leaf

 

Roland Packer (Canada)

equinox
again you speak
of leaving

 

Cynthia Rowe (Australia)

wild persimmon
autumn sun fills
the last leaf

 

 Priscilla Van Valkenburgh (USA)


island morning fog -
the spruce tree and wooden bench
web-connected



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Category B 

 

1st Prize

Clare McCotter (Co. Derry) receives the first prize of € 100 for the following haiku:

silver moon
climbing a scaffold of stars
unemployed builder

  

2nd Prize

The 2nd Prize of € 30 goes to Thomas Powell (Co. Armagh) for the following haiku:

 charity shop -
we debate the need
for a book on Gauguin


3rd Prize

 Mary O'Keefe (Co. Cork) receives the third prize of 20 for the following haiku: 

coffee morning
in the hull of her handbag
she stows her daughter's lunch


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Highly Commended Haiku


In alphabetical order:

 

Clare McCotter (Co. Derry)

gold autumn dawn
melting over the fields
she once owned


Clare McCotter (Co. Derry)

rose dawn
pulled tight around
the bagwoman's shoulders

 

Beth McFarland (Co. Tyrone - Germany)

all the unborn children
cherry blossom
in the wind

 

Conor O'Neill (Co. Dublin - Chile)

outside the bank
a beggar's empty hands
counting raindrops


Thomas Powell (Co. Armagh)

work prospects...
I search the sky
for yesterday's swallows


 Our congratulations go to all of the winners. We also express our sincere gratitude to the Administrator of the competition, without whom…


 


Competition Rules in PDF format are available here




IHS International Haiku Competition 2010 Results


The Irish Haiku Society is proud to announce the results of the third IHS International Haiku Competition. This year we saw a further increase in the number of participating authors. 227 haiku by poets from eleven countries (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, England, USA, Australia, Canada, New ZealandPortugal and Romania) were submitted to this year’s competition in Category A. As for Category B open only for participants born or residing on the island of Ireland, we received 87 poems. Poets submitting their works in this category were expected to write about Ireland in the changing world and include reflections upon or references to "what it means to live in Ireland at the beginning of the 21st century". This year’s competition was adjudicated by Anatoly Kudryavitsky, and it was judged blindly. The following is the list of prize-winning and highly commended haiku in both categories.



 

Category A 



1st Prize

 Ernest J. Berry (New Zealand) receives the first prize of € 150 for the following haiku:

chill wind
the windowsill tomato
still warm



2nd Prize

The 2nd Prize of € 50 goes to John Barlow (England) for the following haiku:

  new year's snow
the tracks of creatures
that went by in the night



3rd Prize

 
Catherine J. S. Lee (USA) receives the third prize of € 30 for the following haiku:

 mountain sunset
an eagle rides
the downslope wind


  
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Highly Commended Haiku

 
In alphabetical order:

 

Cathy Drinkwater Better (USA)

crossroads
the wind takes my hair
the other way

  

Scott Mason (USA)

new moon
the night watchman
goes unseen

 

Maire Morrissey-Cummins (Ireland)

in the chair
the cat curls up
in my warmth

 

Peter Newton (USA)

where the maple stood
a shroud
of sunlight

 

Roland Packer (Canada)

the things
we never did
undertow

 

Cynthia Rowe (Australia)

winter solstice
the barbed wire fence
furry with frost

 

 Eduard Tara (Romania)


Deireadh bliana -
tionlacann bád an abhainn
i dtreo na farraige


(year end
a boat accompanies
the river to the sea)


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Category B 

 

1st Prize

Clare McCotter (Co. Derry) receives the first prize of € 100 for the following haiku:

wakening
in a scullery of stars
the wino folds her home

  

2nd Prize

The 2nd Prize of € 30 goes to Cara Joy (Co. Kerry) for the following haiku:

 the small river flows
through the door of the valley
soon to be no more


3rd Prize

 Maire Morrissey-Cummins (Co. Wicklow) receives the third prize of 20 for the following haiku: 

on the motorway
abandoned cranes
among ghost estates


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Highly Commended Haiku


In alphabetical order:

 

Susan Flynn (Co. Dublin)

memorial flowers
tied to the ash in full leaf
bowing and sighing


Clare McCotter (Co. Derry)

forty seven
and no pension
all the starry heavens

 

Hugh O'Donnell (Dublin)

recession
more tree
less leaf

 

Aoife Stephens (Co. Kerry)

despite all reports
of bleak and woeful stories
the sun still rises


 Our congratulations go to all of the winners. We also express our sincere gratitude to the administrators of the competition, without whom…


 
 


Competition Rules in PDF format are available here




IHS International Haiku Competition 2009 Results

Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, England, USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France, Poland, Portugal and Romania) were submitted to the second IHS International Haiku Competition. Many of them were from the island of Ireland. That year’s competition was adjudicated by Anthony Anatoly Kudryavitsky, and it was judged blindly. The following is the list of prize-winning and highly commended haiku.

 

1st Prize

 Mary O'Keefe (Ireland) receives the first prize of € 150 for the following haiku:

November sunset
a galaxy of crows
quench the twilight

 

2nd Prize

The 2nd Prize of € 50 goes to Scott Mason (USA) for the following haiku:

  receding surf...
for every clamshell
a sandy wake

 


3rd Prize

 
John Barlow (England) receives the third prize of € 30 for the following haiku:

 some in, some out
of the ebbing tide...
the morning oystercatchers

 

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Highly Commended Haiku

 
In alphabetical order:

 

Ernest J. Berry (New Zealand)

September wind
a better view
of compost bins

 

Clare McCotter (Northern Ireland)

stooping on the edge
of autumn
purple river grass

 

Roland Packer (Canada)

country fair
cornsilk at the feet
of the hucksters

 

Cynthia Rowe (Australia)

spring equinox
two pines leaning
into each other

 

Andre Surridge (New Zealand)

end of a stalk
the caterpillar climbs
a ladder of air

 

Ian Turner (England)

sun fringed clouds
a carrion crow struts
from sleeper to sleeper

 

 Andrena Yeats (England)

horses stand in morning frost
one apart stares
at the space between





IHS International Haiku Competition 2008 Results

177 haiku by poets from twelve countries (Ireland, UK, Northern Ireland, USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Austria, Germany, Portugal, Romania and Serbia) were submitted to the first ever IHS International Haiku Competition competition. Half of them were from the island  of Ireland. That year’s competition was adjudicated by Anatoly Kudryavitsky, and it was judged blindly. It had been previously announced that an entrant may win more than one prize, which, actually, happened. The following is the list of prize-winning and highly commended haiku.


 1st Prize

 
John Barlow (England) receives the first prize of Euro 150 for the following haiku:

 

mountain stillness
an empty chrysalis
fills with sunlight

 

 

2nd Prize

 
The 2nd Prize of Euro 50 also goes to John Barlow (England) for the following haiku:

 

 summer morning
every other post
has its crow

 

 

3rd Prize

 
Ernest J. Berry (New Zealand) receives the third prize of Euro 30 for the following haiku:

 

early frost
the fragrance of pine
on fire

 

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Highly Commended Haiku

 
In alphabetical order:

 
 

John Barlow (England)

 
cold rain…
the fishermen wade deeper
into the lake

 


Sharon Dean (Australia)

 
winter chill
a bull ant climbs
the flame tree

 

 

Walter Daniel McGuire (Ireland)

 
autumn breeze –
spider’s web
convex… concave

 

 

Roland Packer (Canada)

 
 
the open gate
to an empty field –
country graveyard

 

 

Roland Packer (Canada)


Christmas Eve
swaddled in the busker’s case
a fiddle


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