Haiku Dreaming Australia Awards
[see competition background and conditions, below]
[This haiga by Ron Moss is a tribute to the winning haiku
and is reproduced here with the approval of Ron and Sharon.]
Haiku Dreaming Australia is a private initiative to encourage Australian poets to write haiku that are relevant to and in Australia. This is Dreaming's first international haiku contest. Winners were first announced, and prizes were presented at the Fourth Haiku Pacific Rim conference at Terrigal, NSW in September 2009.
Judges for the competition were Janice M Bostok, Lorin Ford, Rob Scott and Ron Moss. They judged 245 haiku by 82 poets for these results.
First Place, a cash prize of $200: Sharon Dean of NSW for
the farmer calls
Second Place, a cash prize of $100: Helen Buckingham of the UK for
Third Place, a cash prize of $50: Neil Bramsen of NSW for
beach cricket –
These haiku plus the following 24 were selected for publication in The Dreaming Collection.
Diving its head
water restrictions —
the old dog
walking the breakwall
snow gum belt
night match the scrum leaves behind its steam
solitary gum –
olympic dream –
I hope all entrants enjoyed this special writing experience and I congratulate authors of the haiku selected for publication. They are a great aquisition for The Dreaming Collection where they will be displayed for a minimum of three months, perhaps for 400 years, depending on the peer assessments they receive throughout those years.
[All haiku in The Dreaming Collection are subject to peer review and after an initial exposure of three months they may be removed to the Dreaming Archives to make room for new poems.]
I ask authors of these selected poems to send me their review of the Collection's haiku. It's a simple but vital aspect of Dreaming -- see "peer review" link on home page
editor and competition secretary for
Haiku Dreaming Australia
The Haiku Dreaming Australia Awards
Deadline. 1st July, 2009
Background. Writing haiku that are relevant to, and understood by everybody, everywhere, can lead us from the ‘here and now’ into a haikuland where we forgo connection to our real world. Haiku Dreaming Australia was formed to encourage Australian poets to locate their haiku where they live, and this competition is part of that effort. [See haikuland for amplification.]
The Haiku Dreaming Australia Awards is an international competition for haiku which are relevant in and to Australia.
We are not necessarily looking for haiku about kangaroos, wattle or other things exclusive to Australia. On the other hand please remember we are looking for poems to publish in the Dreaming Collection. Thus those that resonate with Australians might be received more sympathetically than those dealing with moose, Dolls Festival, The Thames, and snow at Christmas. Haiku already published in The Dreaming Collection are a good guide to what judges will consider relevant.
Eligibility. Everybody except competition judges and secretary/editor.
Prizes. Three monetary prizes: 1st AU$200; 2nd AU$100; 3rd AU$50 The prize-winning haiku plus those awarded Honorable Mentions, as recommended by the Judges and approved by the Dreaming Editor, will be published in the Dreaming Collection for a minimum of three months, perhaps as long as forever.
Entry Fee. None.
Dreaming Australia Awards – Entry Procedure Send up to three haiku, written in English, within the body of one email to: firstname.lastname@example.org before 1st July, 2009.
By entering this competition you affirm that you hold copyright over the entries, that they are unpublished and will not be offered for publication elsewhere prior to 30th September, 2009, and you grant the Editor of Dreaming the one-time right to publish your haiku in the Dreaming Collection.
Judging There will be four judges. Only the Competition Secretary will know the identity of authors and judges prior to announcement of the results.
Results. Authors of prize-winning and honourably mentioned haiku will be advised by email and a copy of the results will be posted on the Dreaming website by 25th September 2009. All other haiku are released for submission or publication elsewhere with effect from 30th September, 2009.
Dreaming Editor / Competition Secretary
email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org