The new rules for Japan’s first (and still solitary) haibun contest have now been released. They have changed slightly for 2011. First of all, entries will be strictly limited to three, so if you send more, the later ones will not be read at all! Secondly, the Highly Commended category has transmuted into the Za Prizes (the Grand Prix still stands), so there is now more than one true prize to aim for. And last but not least, the Kikakuza is returning to a free-entry competition. Last year, an attempt was made to raise much-needed funds from entry payments, but it proved difficult to enforce and inhibiting to many foreign haibun writers. It is surely a generous gesture of Kikakuza and their friends to offer prizes, evaluation and publication of winners for free. So please take part! The deadline is January 31, 2011. You can send your unpublished entries from now on to the address given on the special page accessed at top right of the Icebox – ‘Kikakuza Haibun Contest 2011 Guidelines‘. Good luck!