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 2021 Results


1st Prize

fireflies the synchronicity of it all

Debbie Strange (Canada)


2nd Prize

old battlefield
a farmer's plough
digs new trenches

Jay Friedenberg (USA)


3rd Prizes

In alphabetical order:


cradled in my hands the weight of a snipe

John Barlow (England)


first frost
another billion galaxies
in the burning bush

Jennifer Hambrick (USA)


Honourable Mentions

In alphabetical order:


deep forest
the dance of a pine branch
after the crow

Marion Clarke (Northern Ireland)


my kite
without the strings
lost childhood

Alvin Cruz (Philippines)


spring day
a dog sits
guarding the universe

Brendan Duffin (Ireland)


thicket
a hermit thrush reveals
only its song

Seren Fargo (USA)


the rusting hulk
returns to earth
grain by grain

Anton Floyd (Ireland)


distant hills
the smell of an old tent
in summer heat

Frank Hooven (USA)


alpine meadow
the sky descends
into gentians

Marietta McGregor (Australia)


thunder
the rattle of a coin
in the beggar's cup

Mark Miller (Australia)



early nightfall
lights in the basement flatís
toy village

Roland Packer (Canada)



brewing tea
night and day
become one

Greg Piko (Australia)


Many thanks to all who submitted their work to this contest!



IHS International Haiku Competition 2021 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for unpublished haiku/senryu in English.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 2021. 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 2020

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 2022 and subsequently awarded. A list of the prize-winners will be posted up on the IHS website at http://www.irishhaiku.webs.com 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 founding Chairman of the Irish Haiku Society. His haiku collections include  Morning at Mount Ring (2007), Capering Moons (2011) , Horizon (2016), and Ten Thousand Birds (2020). His haiku have received awards in Ireland, Japan, USA, Italy, Croatia, Romania and Canada, were published in the main haiku magazines and widely anthologised.






IHS International Haiku Competition 2020 Results


1st Prize

bracket fungus
a fallen beech softens
into its future

Marietta McGregor (Australia)


2nd Prize

heavy mist
the mountain appears
pine by pine

Marion Clarke (Northern Ireland)


3rd Prizes:

the dark pool
the blue of glowworms
above and below

Simon Hanson (Australia)


storm hour
the cliff's face carved
a little deeper

Debbie Strange (Canada)


Honourable Mentions

In alphabetical order:


across the whitsun edgelands a path of flattened grass

John Barlow (England)


first touch
the soft flesh of
persimmon harvest

Erin Castaldi (USA)


the cleared pond more sky falls into it

Anton Floyd (Ireland)


swifts at sunset
the river
meets the breeze

Frank Hooven (USA)


on the bank
a heron and his reflection
fishing together

Hugh O'Donnell (Ireland)


a duck
looks at the moon
floating egg

Greg Piko (Australia)


thunder
a pod of grackles
explodes the tree

David Watts (USA)


housebound...
hearing the sea
in the trees

Tony Williams (Scotland)





World Children's Haiku Contest 2019-2020 Winners

We are delighted to be able to announce the winners of the JAL World Children's Haiku Contest 2019-2020, Ireland. The competition yielded very impressive works, although, due to Covid-19, we had less entries than in previous years. The winner of JAL Grand Prix.


JAL GRAND PRIX (in alphabetical order):

Sean Maher, Dublin City, age 13

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


JAL PRIZE (in alphabetical order):

Julie O'Brien, Co. Kildare, age 11
Mark O'Machain, Co. Tipperary, age 11



The winning poems will soon be 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 2019-2020


The contest is held by JAL Foundation, Japan, in cooperation with the Irish Haiku Society.
Contestants must be aged under 15 on 29th February 2020
.

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. 16.

Topic: "Sports"


 Deadline:

All the entries shall be postmarked by 29th Febuary 2020.


Address for Entries:

Administrator,

World Children's Haiku Contest 2019-2020

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 2019 Results

The Irish Haiku Society is proud to announce the results of the twelfth IHS International Haiku Competition. Over 320 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

moonlit pier
the stars lost
and found

Frank Hooven (USA)


2nd Prize

subterranean river
the long journey
suddenly moonlit

Simon Hanson (Australia)



3rd Prizes:

in a chink of darkness a single white egg

John Barlow (England)


night sky
the sound of a song
before itís sung

Glenn G. Coats (USA)




Honourable Mentions

In alphabetical order:

frolicking fox cub
the grass spangled
with morning

Marion Clarke (Northern Ireland)



between two hills
calls
of the coyote

Seren Fargo (USA)



autumn fog
the lost and found contours
of the old stone wall

Jay Friedenberg (USA)

 


clearwater stream glassfish filled with light

Simon Hanson (Australia)



winter whiteout
the yellow eyes
of a snowy owl

Gary Hittmeyer (USA)



wild lavender
all the fussiness
of honeybees


Mark Miller (Australia)



after the rain
sun-filled
potholes

Cynthia Rowe (
Australia)


soft rime
a chickadeeís song
becomes visible

Debbie Strange (Canada)



a shapeless day
sizzles of slow snow
on the water

Ian Turner (England)


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 2018 Results

The Irish Haiku Society is proud to announce the results of the eleventh 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 leaf scent half bitter
half sweet

Scott Mason (USA)


2nd Prize

beyond the reach of light luminous fish