Jan / Feb Members’ News 2021

Summer Sky – photo by Simon Hanson

Much has happened during January and February regarding all things haiku and otherwise…

If you would like to revisit the results of the Australian Haiku Society Summer Solstice  Haiga Kukai along with the adjudicator’s comments you can do so here for the Seasonal and the Non-seasonal categories.

Groups and Gatherings

You can catch up on the latest happenings in some of our regional groups by clicking on the links below

Bindii: here and here

Haiku @ The Oaks: here and here

Cloudcatchers: here

Bombora: here


25th International Kusamakura Haiku Competition

Third Prizes

whipping seas
flying-fish surf
the waves

Cynthia Rowe

corona virus –
people wearing masks
outside the bank

Grant Caldwell

All selections and the judge’s comment can be read here

Light and Counterlight

Mark Miller has recently had a collection of haiku and senryu, Light and Counterlight, published by Ginninderra Press.  ‘In Light and Counterlight it is especially Mark Miller’s unique view, his long experience and solid craft of writing that make his work look effortless. His poems are aesthetic and effectively show that the small things, such as a breeze, the trickle of water or shimmering light, are actually the great ones that drive and preserve the circle of life.’  – Beate Conrad, Editor Chrysanthemum

Cover design by Ron C. Moss

For more information on Light and Counterlight including ordering details click on this link.

An earlier collection by Mark Miller; Scanning the Horizon– is still available, either by contacting him [markmiller06@hotmail.com ] at $20 incl. postage in Australia or through Ginninderra Press

A review of Scanning the Horizon published by Plumwood Mountain can be found here

breaking my journey

breaking my journey by Gregory Piko, recently published by Red Moon Press may be ordered from Gregory Piko’s website or through Red Moon Press

Cover design by Ron C. Moss

A review of this collection by Cynthia Rowe can be accessed here on the AHS website and also on Greg’s website.

Drifting Sands

The US based online journal Drifting Sands has had a particularly Aussie flavour lately with the January Special Feature: Girt by Sea overseen and including the works of poet-photographer, Gavin Austin. This collection features pieces by a number of Australian poets. Some of the photographs may take a little while to load because of their high resolution, but they are worth it!

Also the current issue of Drifting Sands: issue 7, with an international selection, has been guest edited by Marilyn Humbert and can be enjoyed here.

Mike Rehling interviews Ron Moss

Ron Moss has been interviewed by Mike Rehling as part of an ongoing series of interviews by Mike with people involved in haiku. This makes excellent viewing on YouTube; interesting words here from both Ron and Mike.

Haiku North America Virtual Conference

Lynne Jabor and Terry Ann Carter have contacted the Australian Haiku Society with an open invitation to our members to attend the virtual conference hosted by Haiku North America happening October 15-17, 2021 (US dates). More information on programs and registration can be found at this link.

First Yugen International Haiku Contest

We invite our friends from Australia to send their wonderful poems to a new international haiku contest in Romania which opens on 1st of March.

Thank you very much!

Eduard Tara

The First YŪGEN 幽玄 International Haiku Contest

Yūgen 幽玄 is an awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too mysterious, deep and powerful for words.

Organizer: Diana Aurora Deliu
Partner: Miroslava City Hall
Entrants: open to anyone all over the world, except for the organizing team
Period of submission: March, 1, 2021-March, 31, 2021
Entry Fee: none
Submission: only 1(one) haiku in English or French

• All entries must be original, unpublished, and not under consideration elsewhere.

• All rights revert to authors after the contest results are announced.

Theme: “A simply life, close to nature”

• Nowadays, rediscovering the joy of the ordinary, lost life and dreaming about it again are values that should be pursued by everybody.

• In order to bring normality into our lives on this beautiful planet and its amazing nature with so many wonderful topics to write about, please avoid poems related to covid-19, pandemic, mask, restriction, vaccine etc.

Style: three lines, kireji and kigo, close as much as possible to the 5-7-5 pattern, no strict syllable count


A. Students (up to 17 years old)
B. Adults (18 years old and more)

Online entry form: here

Coordinator: Diana Aurora Deliu
Technical coordinator: Daniela Vlăduţ
Jury: Diana Aurora Deliu, Oana Carmen Dumitriu, Eduard Ţară
Secretary: Daniela Vlăduţ
Results: by April, 15, 2021
Prizes: diplomas and anthologies for each category to

1st Prize (one haiku)
2nd Prize (one haiku)
3rd Prize (one haiku)

• A number of commendations will be selected by the jury depending on the quality of the poems.

Contest anthology: by submitting poems in this contest, each author agrees to give her/his permission to be selected and published without any financial claims into an anthology at the end of the contest

It is a test [that] genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
— T. S. Eliot

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