2016 was the fourth year of the Langhorne Creek Young People’s Writers’ Competition, in which young writers of prose and poetry competed to win individual prizes, as well as books for their school. Last year Lynette Arden and Lee Bentley developed a haiku guide for the teachers, which was well received and used again this year. Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group sponsored prizes for haiku, across the year groups of Grades 2-3; 4-5; 6-7; and 8-10. In 2016 a special commendation was also issued by judge Lee Bentley for the most outstanding haiku overall.
Fourteen South Australian schools submitted a record number of class entries, with schools participating from as far away as Crystal Brook, Nuriootpa, Fulham North, West Beach, Oakbank, Naracoorte, Pasedena, Mount Barker South, Challa Gardens, Seaford, and Richmond, as well as Eastern Fleurieu Campuses including Strathalbyn, Milang, and Langhorne Creek.
The number of haiku entries increased from 2015 to 2016; the Bindii group look forward to continuing their involvement and sponsorship, and the opportunity to bring haiku into the schools.
Co-Convener Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group