Genjuan International Haibun Contest 2018 Results

グランプリ作品 Grand Prix 
The Forbidden Pet   (Branko Manojlovic, Japan)

庵賞作品 An (Cottage) Prizes
Way of Lilies   (Marietta McGregor, Australia)
Let there be Lightning   (Ignatius Fay, Canada)
Waiting for Christmas in Ohio   (Chris Bays, U.S.A.)

入選作品 Honourable Mentions
Lost   (Sean O’Connor, Ireland)
Brazilian Night   (Marina Bellini, Italy)
Red, Blue, White   (Dru Philippou, U.S.A.)
Coal Mines   (Beth A. Skala, Canada)
Flying   (Pearl Elizabeth Dell May, U.K.)
Reflections   (David McCullough, Japan)

審査委員   Judges
Nenten Tsubo’uchi, Stephen Henry Gill, Hisashi Miyazaki, Angelee Deodhar

Sincere thanks to all authors who sent in their haiku prose works: 133 in total from 15 countries. It is wonderful to find that this year’s Grand Prix winner is a member of our Hailstone Haiku Circle in Kansai, Japan – Icebox contributor Branko Manojlovic! Hearty congratulations. For the first time, the winner will actually be able to select from the Genjuan Prize folio the large and very fine ukiyo-e reproduction print he has won. Usually, we have to imagine what the particular author might like and airmail it in a super-large protective folder. The Forbidden Pet is a very fine piece, as indeed were all the Cottage Prize winning haibun. These four works are now available to read on a dedicated page on the Icebox and you can find out what sort of forbidden pet it is! Another of our contributors, David McCullough, has won an Honourable Mention. Ignatius Fay, who won a Cottage Prize two years ago, has done it again! Congratulations to all of our awardees.

Watch this space for further announcements about the anthology of awarded pieces 2015-17, to be published next month, and the shape of next years’s Contest.


11 responses to “Genjuan International Haibun Contest 2018 Results

    • Just click on the orange words ‘dedicated page’ or go to the page links at top right of the top page and click Genjuan ’18 Winning Haibun.

  1. Marietta McGregor – I enjoyed your evocatvie piece very much.
    So very rich. (I was anxious for the swimmers about crocodiles – none in billabongs?)

  2. Ignatius Fay – the unexpected twist of father-empathy at the end had me smiling. Charmed by the haiku.

  3. Chris Bays – Last Christmas Eve , as a member of the audience, invited to join in, I sang the Hallelujah Chorus (slipping between soprano, alto and bass in a flurry of delicious confusion). Imagining it here, in these circumstances, a stark contrast to the wistful hope amidst world darkness, it generated a powerful contrast. Wasn’t it Rilke who said “Give praise” ?