Changes at Paper Wasp

The Autumn 2016 edition of ‘paper wasp: a journal of haiku’, featuring more than 40 poets, is now available for $8 within Australia and $US9 overseas (posting & handling included).

‘paper wasp’ will cease publication as a quarterly print journal in June.

‘paper wasp’ will re-emerge in a new form online and produce occasional haiku anthologies in hard copy.

The last Winter issue is intended as a collector’s edition.

In keeping with the beginnings of ‘paper wasp’ more than 20 years ago, it will publish haiku only.

Submissions are restricted to a maximum of six haiku.

The deadline is 1 May.

The Winter edition will be sent free of charge to existing subscribers.

It will be available for $A10 within Australia and $US10 overseas, postage and handling included.


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Marietta McGregor – winner: 5th Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest

Congratulations go to Australian haiku poet Marietta McGregor for winning the 5th Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest, with the following poem:

summer dusk
fishing boats set their nets
around the sun

– Marietta Jane McGregor
(Canberra, Australia)

As posted by David McMurray, this judge’s comment accompanied Marietta’s winning haiku:

“Poetically encompassing the circumference of the sun in a far-reaching wide-angle shot, this haiku won the 5th Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest sponsored by the Asahi Culture Center and The Asahi Shimbun. The Highest Award came with a 30,000 yen gift coupon and handicrafts from Matsuyama.”

Full details can be gained by accessing the Asahi Haikuist Special website, through the following link:

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Red Dragonflies – summer gathering 2016

Red Dragonflies met on Saturday the 5th March at Barbara Fisher’s home for their summer gathering to workshop haiku and enjoy each other’s company.

Present were Lesley Walter, Barbara Fisher, Cynthia Rowe, Dawn Bruce and their leader Vanessa Proctor.

Unfortunately Beverley George couldn’t make it.

Vanessa had set some very challenging writing exercises, but everyone rose to the occasion and the haiku presented were varied and fresh.

Two marked haiku were placed in the bowl after lunch and read in turn. This is always a popular activity as everyone tries to guess the author.

The meeting finished at 1:30.

– Dawn Bruce

A Hundred Gourds 5.2 released

The 18th issue of A Hundred Gourds, a quarterly journal of haiku, haibun, haiga, tanka and renku poetry, is now available for your reading pleasure.

Please note:

1. AHG will cease publication with our next issue, AHG 5.3, in June 2016.

AHG 5.3, our 19th issue, will be published in June. It will be our final issue, so be sure to send all submissions by the deadline of March 15th. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.

2. There will be no renku section in AHG 5.3

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Message from Vanessa Proctor – new AHS President

I am honoured to take up the role of President of the Australian Haiku Society. Firstly, I’d like to pay tribute to those who had the foresight to found HaikuOz in 2000. The original mission to promote haiku within Australia and to bring Australian writers to the world haiku community has been so successful that Australian haiku is flourishing as never before. This is largely due to the many people who have worked tirelessly to promote Australian haiku, both in Australia and overseas. I look forward to a very bright future for HaikuOz and for English-language haiku itself.

Vanessa Proctor
Australian Haiku Society

Call for submissions: ‘Moonbathing’ – A Journal of Women’s Tanka

‘Moonbathing’ Issue 14 is now accepting submissions.

‘Moonbathing’ will publish two issues a year: Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer.

Submission guidelines:

‘Moonbathing’ will feature only women poets.

Send a minimum of 5 tanka & a maximum of 10 tanka per submission period.

‘Moonbathing’ does not publish tanka sequences or tanka prose/ taiga.

Please use Arial font/or a similar front, 12 pt size, single spaced (not double); also put your full name beneath each tanka & your state abbreviation or country abbreviation.

Send your tanka in the body of an email to:

Pamela A. Babusci (editor)

No attachments: make submissions in the body of emails only please.

No previously published tanka or simultaneous submissions; no tanka that has been posted on-line, on Facebook/Twitter or on a personal website/blog.

Submission deadlines:

Spring/Summer: in-hand deadline – May 15th (spring/summer themes or non-seasonal only).

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