Members’ News, September 2021

Swansea Tasmania: Photo by Simon Hanson

Spring Equinox Haiga Kukai

Entries for the Spring Equinox Haiga Kukai have now closed and the process of adjudication is in the capable hands of Ron Moss. We are especially pleased to see this and other events run by the AHS to be growing in popularity. You can revisit the entries for the Seasonal and Non-seasonal categories at these links. Results will be announced soon.

Groups and Gatherings

To find out the latest from White Pebbles and Illawong Haiku Group click on the link below.

White Pebbles

Illawong Haiku Group


To Marietta McGregor and Mark Miller who gained Sakura Awards in the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival with the following:

Canon in D
the steady measures
of petal fall

Marietta McGregor

petal by petal
the old cherry tree
sheds the light

Mark Miller

And also to Gregory Piko who received an Honourable Mention with:

full moon
a cherry blossom
on the sunroof

Gregory Piko

Once again New Zealand shone ever-so brightly in the youth section, well done.

All selected haiku from the various categories can be accessed here

Congratulations also to Ron C. Moss who gained an Honourable mention in the Three Rivers 8th International Haiku Contest Ivanić-Grad, Croatia with:

she cradles a gourd in the shape of a child

Ron C. Moss

All selections can be found here

Echidna Tracks

For Issue 8 of Echidna Tracks: Australian Haiku: Open Theme, we invite your previously unpublished haiku and senryu on any topic that stirs your imagination.

The submission period for Issue 8 will be open throughout October 2021. Please carefully read the guidelines on the Submissions page and submit your haiku via the Submissions Form throughout the month of October 2021.

All previous issues can be accessed through the Echidna Tracks website.

Creatrix Haiku

Closing dates for submissions to Creatrix are:

  • 10th February for the March issue
  • 10th May for the June issue
  • 10th August for the September issue
  • 10th November for the December issue

Guidelines and other details can be found here

Naviar Records

The AHS recently received the following letter that might grab your attention if you enjoy the experience of merging music and haiku…  

My name is Magdalena, I am writing to you on behalf of Naviar Records – a record label and creative community specialised in experimental music and the intersection between music and traditional Japanese poetry.

Since 2014 we’ve been hosting the Haiku music challenge, which invites musicians to make music in response to a weekly assigned haiku. We thought that members of your association may want to take part in the Haiku music challenge or that you may be interested in a collaboration between our two projects.

You can see how the outcome of our challenge here:

We’d be happy to include your society in our project, help you promote your authors, and see the effect of our collaboration as your member’s poem is translated into music.

Thank you for your time,

We are looking forward to hearing from you,

Magdalena Fricze

Please note that while the sample haiku on the link above follows the 5/7/5 pattern, rest assured that their appreciation of haiku is much broader than this and it appears all well-crafted haiku are welcome for submission.   SH

The waters are in motion, but the moon retains its serenity.

D.T. Suzuki

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