Opening of Judge’s Report by Cynthia Rowe
“I was delighted to be asked to judge the Haiku section of the 2016 NZPS International Poetry Competition. A challenging but rewarding task. From 602 entries, over two-thirds were rejected as unpublishable, lacking a basic knowledge of haiku, and therefore unable to be considered. A number of poems failed to make the shortlist due to shortcomings which included an overreliance on adjectives and adverbs, anthropomorphism, ‘lists’, double entendre, aphorisms, rhetorical questions, too many syllables, jokes, jingles, and hackneyed descriptions which led to prosaic imagery.”
As listed on the New Zealand Poetry Society website (accessible through the link given above) – and detailed in the full version of Cynthia Rowe’s Judges Report – Australian haiku poet Quendryth Young was honoured by winning first place in this competition, taking out the Jeanette Stace Memorial Award, for the haiku “petrichor…”
Another Australian haiku poet – Nathalie Buckland – filled fifth place for her haiku “scent of lilies”.
Quendryth Young had a second haiku of hers honoured as Highly Commended, while another Australian haiku poet – Vanessa Proctor – was included amongst the entrants whose work was listed as Commended.