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 2018 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for unpublished haiku/senryu in English.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 2018. 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 2018

75 Willow Park Grove

Glasnevin

Dublin 11

D11 VK85

Ireland

or ihshaikucompetition[at]gmail[dot]com

 

 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 international and Irish poets, including 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 Euro 3 or 2.50 sterling or  500, or USA $4. Or with each seven haiku: Euro 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. 
PayPal payments can be made via ihshaikucompetition[at]gmail[dot]com For that, please create an account with http://www.paypal.com, then click "Send Money" in the menu bar at the top of the page - and send the required amount of money to ihshaikucompetition[at]gmail[dot]com You can link your Paypal account to your bank account and transfer some money onto it before you make this payment.

5.      Haiku/senryu of 17 syllables or fewer are eligible for the competition. Free-form and experimental haiku are also welcome. 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, or e-mailed to the competition administrator as a MS Word file attached to your e-mail. E-mail submissions can be made via ihshaikucompetition[at]gmail[dot]com

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 (or in the file attached to the e-mail).

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. This information can be included in the body of the e-mail but not in the attached file. 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 2019 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), Capering Moons (2011) and Horizon (2016), the latter three being collections of haiku, senryu and haibun. His haiku have received awards in Ireland, Japan, USA, Italy, Croatia, Romania and Canada, were published in the main haiku magazines and widely anthologised.




 

World Children's Haiku Contest 2017-2018


We are delighted to be able to announce the winners of the JAL World Children's Haiku Contest 2017-2018, Ireland. The competition yielded very impressive works, and we have four winners of JAL Grand Prix.


JAL GRAND PRIX (in alphabetical order):

Rosn Beazley, Co. Kerry, age 8
Ellie Geary, Co. Limerick, age 13
Fionn Kearney, Co. Cork, age 13
Lorraine O'Shea, Co.Cork, age 13


The judges were of the opinion that the further four works were of considerable merit, and so awarded four JAL Prizes:


JAL PRIZE (in alphabetical order):

Noelle McCarthy, Co. Cork, age 12
Duaa Aziza Rejeb, Dublin City, age 6
Orestis Smalis, Co. Limerick, age 12
Sinad Ward, Co.Limerick, age 13


The winning poems are awailable for viewing on the JAL Foundation website.

Many thanks to all for taking part in the contest - and congratulations to our worthy winners!




World Children's Haiku Contest 2017-2018


The contest is held by JAL Foundation, Japan, in cooperation with the Irish Haiku Society.
Contestants must be aged under 15 on 15th January 2018
.

Each haiku must be an original and unpublished work by the child himself/herself.
Assistance of others is prohibited.
The haiku must be accompanied by a hand-drawn or hand-crafted artwork
appearing on the same page of an A4 sheet of paper (21cm x 29.7cm).
Glue the application form to the back of the artwork.
The winning haiku will appear in the book titled Haiku by World Children, Vol. 15.

Topic: "Living Things"


 Deadline:

All the entries shall be postmarked by 15th January 2018.


Address for Entries:

Administrator,

World Children's Haiku Contest 2017-2018

75 Willow Park Grove

Glasnevin

Dublin 11

D11 VK85

Ireland

More detailed Rules are available here.
The Application Form is available here.

Queries: irishhaikusociety[at]gmail[dot]com



IHS International Haiku Competition 2017 Results

The Irish Haiku Society is proud to announce the results of the ninth IHS International Haiku Competition. Over 300 haiku by poets from fifteen countries/territories were submitted to this year's competition. It was adjudicated by Anatoly Kudryavitsky, and judged blindly. The following is the list of prize-winning and highly commended haiku.


1st Prize

sunrise
all these little fires
in the frost

Simon Hanson (Australia)



2nd Prize

endless heather first scent of the sea

Scott Mason (USA)



3rd Prize:

almost dusk
far from the shore
a small paper boat

Ann Magyar (USA)




Honourable Mentions

In alphabetical order:

making no headway
in the tipping rain
the wind-blown crow

John Barlow (England)



river wind
the sting
of sulfur rain

Chris Bays (USA)



vapour trails
a roaring horse
becomes unicorn 

Tracy Davidson (England)

 

slime trails
a tale
of two snails

Jay Friedenberg (USA)



over the last hill
the sun melts
into golden red

Mercy Ikuri (Kenya)



sunset
darkness settles
on an owl

Gregory Longenecker (USA)



river bend the curve of a raven's cry

Gregory Piko (Australia)



new moon tide
sandpiper takes
a longer U-turn

Srinivasa Rao Sambangi (India)



snowy field
the owls we thought
were stones

Debbie Strange (Canada)



Our sincere congratulations to the winners! We also express our sincere gratitude to the Administrator of the competition, whose assistance proved invaluable.



IHS International Haiku Competition 2016 Results

The Irish Haiku Society is proud to announce the results of the eighth IHS International Haiku Competition. Over 300 haiku by poets from fourteen countries/territories were submitted to this year's competition. It was adjudicated by Anatoly Kudryavitsky, and judged blindly. The following is the list of prize-winning and highly commended haiku.


1st Prize

equinox
the weight
of dying light

Gregory Longenecker (USA)


2nd Prize


coastal beach, crabs catching the wave home

Mercy Ikuri (Kenya)



3rd Prize:

nightswim
in mountain water
touch of the moon

Anton Floyd (Ireland)




Honourable Mentions

In alphabetical order:


 
turtle rain
grass root nudging
a half-buried egg

Bill Cooper (USA)



warm breeze
a deaf man
and his blind dog

Ignatius Fay (Canada)



between fence rails
an orb weaver
graphing the breeze

Scott Mason (USA)

 

heartland
a road sign above
the floodwater

Roland Packer (Canada)



ebb tide
turtle hatchlings
chase the sea

Christina Sng (Singapore)



nothing planted
in the garden this year ...
wild strawberries!

Richard St. Clair (USA)



this autumn
a willow
weeping gold

Steve Tabb (USA)



all the things
I never told you -
fallen leaves

Juliet Wilson (Scotland)


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



World Children's Haiku Contest 2015-2016


We are delighted to be able to announce the winners of the JAL World Children's Haiku Contest 2015-2016, Ireland. The competition yielded very impressive works, and we have four winners of JAL Grand Prix.

JAL GRAND PRIX (in alphabetical order):

Chantelle Esper (15) Riverchapel, Co. Wexford
Athalia Fubara (14) Foxrock, Dublin 18
Niamh O'Farrell-Tyler (15) Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Emma O'Mahony (12) Killaloe, Co Clare

The judges were of the opinion that the further four works were of considerable merit, and so awarded four JAL Prizes:

JAL PRIZE (in alphabetical order):

Roisin Beazley (6) Killarney, Co. Kerry
Jessica Lawrence (11) Scotstown, Co. Monaghan
Briana Mac Cinna (10) Scotstown, Co. Monaghan
Dylan Walsh (13) Limerick


The winning poems are awailable on the JAL Foundation website.

Many thanks to all for taking part in the contest - and congratulations to our worthy winners!


Rules: 

http://irishhaiku.webs.com/rules.pdf

Application form: 

PDF: http://irishhaiku.webs.com/applicationform.pdf

XLS (download):

 http://irishhaiku.webs.com/applicationform.xls



IHS International Haiku Competition 2015 Results


The Irish Haiku Society is proud to announce the results of the seventh IHS International Haiku Competition. Over 250 haiku by poets from twelve countries/territories were submitted to this year's competition. It was adjudicated by Anatoly Kudryavitsky, and judged blindly. The following is the list of prize-winning and highly commended haiku.


1st Prize

late afternoon
a rabbit
sniffs the sun

Scott Mason (USA)


2nd Prize


forest mist...
a single bee fills
the stillness

Marion Clarke (Northern Ireland)



Two poets receive the 3rd Prize:

July morning
fire-ants pour
from the faucet

Ernest J Berry (New Zealand)


rocky ledge
a wolf with the moon
in its mouth

Debbie Strange (Canada)




Honourable Mentions

In alphabetical order:


 
bend of the river
a heron's shadow
stretches southwest

John Barlow (England)



Crete dusk
between the shore's rocks
squid eye

Martin Cohen (USA)
 
 

glinting off snow
a skater's blade
cuts through the silence

Tracy Davidson (England)

 

mountainside
waterfall pours
colonnade of light

Anton Floyd (Ireland)

 
 
thunderheads
a cowrie's mantle
purple-flushed

Marietta McGregor (Australia)

 
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empty ocean
the shearwater's belly
catches the sun

Greg Piko (Australia)

 

winter's afternoon
a golden pheasant weaves
through bamboo

Cynthia Rowe (Australia)
 
 

autumn wind -
ten thousand shimmering stars
viewed from a wave crest

William Seltzer (USA)

 
 
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a line of merinos
melds into the gold

Barbara A. Taylor (Australia)


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





IHS International Haiku Competition 2014 Results


The Irish Haiku Society is proud to announce the results of the sixth IHS International Haiku Competition. 165 haiku by poets from eight countries/territories (Australia, Canada, England, Italy, 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

 Anton Floyd (Ireland) receives the first prize of Euro 150 for the following haiku:

waiting
in the sheaths of ice
blades of grass


2nd Prize

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

places I'll never see
the backlit wings
of migrating geese



3rd Prize

 
Marion Clarke (Northern Ireland) and
Cynthia Rowe (Australia) each receive the third prize of Euro 30 for the following haiku:

reflection
in this oyster shell
pearl moon

(by Marion Clarke)

 

spring shower
a peacock sips pinkness
from the bromeliad

(by Cynthia Rowe)


  

  


Highly Commended Haiku

 
In alphabetical order:

 

Glenn G. Coats (USA)

mouth of the river
I dream with my cousin
boat to boat

  

Tracy Davidson (England)

empty jam jar
the tadpoles
in the u-bend


Jan Dobb (Australia)

no clouds
a wind in the sheoaks
shuffles bits of blue

 

Seren Fargo (USA)

loon call  the stillness of the lake


Scott Mason (USA)

flashes of lightning
across the pasture –
sheared sheep

 

Jan O'Loughlin, Australia

half light
not knowing what today
will bring

 

Roland Packer (Canada)

winter commute
the face of a missing child
exits


Our congratulations to 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 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 Euro 150 for the following haiku:

over the eggs
they laid too soon
late falling snow



2nd Prize

The 2nd Prize of Euro 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 Euro 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)


  

  


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...



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 Euro 150 for the following haiku:

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



2nd Prize

The 2nd Prize of Euro 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 Euro 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)


  

  


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 Euro 150 for the following haiku:

turning tide
the buoy bobs
sideways



2nd Prize

The 2nd Prize of Euro 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 Euro 30 for the following haiku:

 November rain -
the fence
around the ruin


  


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


 




Category B 

 

1st Prize

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

silver moon
climbing a scaffold of stars
unemployed builder

  

2nd Prize

The 2nd Prize of Euro 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 Euro 20 for the following haiku: 

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



 
 

  
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