Two Haibun Contests

The judges – Nobuyuki Yuasa & Stephen Henry Gill. You may not enter the same (or similar) haibun in both competitions. All work must be unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere.

1. Hailstone Haibun Challenge

Circle members only. 40-200 words, 1-3 haiku to be incl. (200 words is about the length of this posting.) By Dec. 1 to Stephen Gill (by post or email). Entry ¥1,000 per haibun to Mari, Keiko or Stephen by hand or wrapped banknote in post (specify ‘Haibun Challenge’); free for Icebox authors listed on the Contributors page. 3 prizes (incl. 2 encouragement prizes) to be given at Hailstone event early in 2009. If an overseas Hailstone wins, the prize will be sent. The judges will see your names and, for non-native authors, suggest revisions, as this is primarily a platform for creative encouragement, an opportunity to experiment. Be short, be poetic, and be radical!

2. Kikakuza Haibun Contest – English Section

Kikakuza is a group of haikai (linked-verse) poets founded in 2005 in honour of Kikaku (1661-1707), Basho’s most celebrated disciple (and a great wit). Anyone can enter. max 30 lines (of 80 spaces each). No min. requirement. 1 haiku must be incl., however. By Jan. 31 to Kikakuza, 117-1 Nakogi, Hatano-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan 257-0024. The judges will not see your names as this is an all-out contest. Entry ¥2,000 per haibun; free for those living outside of Japan. Postal money orders to Kikaku no Kai 00250-4-95332 (or cash in env.). Special attention should be paid to evince a haikai spirit.

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