Pumpkin Festival Contest

Limit: 3 haiku – while the theme for this competition is “pumpkins”, no explicit mention of pumpkins needs to be made in the haiku entered.
Closing date: July 31.
Entry fee: free.
Email entries to Djurda Rozic at dvrozic@gmail.com – entrants must include the word “pumpkins” in the subject line.
Poets from the region of the former Yugoslavia are welcome to submit their haiku in their language; their work will be translated into English and judged in the international section.
With results to be published in Iris haiku journal, this competition is organised by the tourist board of the town of Ivanić Grad in Croatia and the Three Rivers Haiku Association.

Basho Festival Haiku Contest

Limit for number of entries: 10 haiku.

Entry by email: eigo@basho-bp.jp

Closing: July 31.

Fee: entry is free.

Winning haiku will be published in book form – with results to be announced on October 12, so as to mark the anniversary of Basho’s death – but copyright will remain with the competition’s sponsors.

Judge: Koko Kato.

Full guidelines can be accessed through this link:


World Haiku Competition

Entries close: July 20.
Guidelines: haiku must be previously unpublished, and not submitted or entered elsewhere.
You must type the “World” in the subject-line of your submission email.
Enter by email only: lpezinesubmissions@gmail.com
Winning haiku (including honourable mentions) will be posted on the Lyrical Passion website.
Entry fee: $US3 per haiku or $US10 for 5 haiku, with other options (see the website for full details about making payment).
Grand prize – $200 (USD) & certificate; 2nd prize – $70; 3rd prize – $30.
Full entry details can be accessed through this link:


Vale Lesley Walter

Lesley Walter, valued member of the Red Dragonflies, sadly passed away on 21st May. Lesley came from a background of mainstream poetry where she was a very well-respected poet.  With this grounding, she brought a fresh and innovative spirit to haiku.  She had a wonderful sense of humour and was  rigorous both in her questioning of haiku ‘rules’  and in her comments on others’ work.  The group greatly appreciated her frankness.  We will miss her poetry, her insight and her friendship.

Vanessa Proctor

blue-sky day
the way that little girl skipped
when her mum said yes

Lesley Walter


History of Haiku in Australia

A History of Haiku in Australia, written by Beverley George and Lyn Reeeves. The file is available for download in PDF here.


History of Haiku in Australia: Collected Work by Australian Poets

This history was first displayed on The Haiku Foundation which also contains histories and samples of  other countries’ haiku:   The Haiku Foundation: World of Haiku

Book Launch

‘A Shared Umbrella: the responsive tanka & rengay of Beverley George & David Terelinck’ will be launched by Vanessa Proctor, President of the Australian Haiku Society, at The Children’s Bookshop, 6 Hannah Street, Beecroft NSW (opposite Beecroft Station)  on Saturday 28th May 2016 at 1 pm.

Following this, we will celebrate the launch by Michael Thorley of the 20th issue of ‘Eucalypt: A Tanka Journal’, Australia’s first publication for tanka only, edited by Beverley George. Poets whose work has appeared in ‘Eucalypt’ will be invited to read two of their own poems. RSVP editor@eucalypt.info or phone 0409 743 889

Cloudcatchers Ginko No. 41 (autumn) 2016

Presentation to John Bird

Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head NSW
Thursday 5 May 2016

This was no ordinary ginko. Earlier in the year the committee of the Australian Haiku Society, with Vanessa Proctor as president, resolved to honour John Bird with recognition of the invaluable role he has played, not only in the formation of the society, but for his initiative and application in developing and promoting Australian haiku. The AHS requested the presentation be made at the autumn ginko of the Cloudcatchers, on the Far North Coast of NSW. Continue reading “Cloudcatchers Ginko No. 41 (autumn) 2016”