Paperbark Autumn Ginko

Paperbark haiku held its Autumn ginko on the morning of April 1st 2022 near the War Memorial in Kings Park (Kaarta Koomba), a beautiful, serene area which Perth is so lucky to have in the centre of the city. The location overlooks the central business district and Perth Water which is formed by the Swan River flowing from the hills through the city to its entry to the sea in Fremantle. We are at the beginning of the season of Djeran (April-May) which sees a break in the really hot weather. A key indicator of the change is the cool nights that bring a dewy presence in the mornings. The winds also change with light breezes swinging from a southerly direction.

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Haiku @ The Oaks, Canberra

Wednesday 11 May 2022

With the leaves of autumn adorning The Oaks and all of Canberra in their seasonal glory, four of us came together in a spirit of kigo—Kathy Kituai, Glenys Ferguson, Marietta McGregor and Jan Dobb.  We sorely missed our other two mates—Hazel Hall and Greg Piko—and thoughts were very much with them.

As we ordered lunch and settled down, congratulations were offered to Kathy who has just had a prose poem published in the weekend Canberra Times.  We briefly discussed the dynamics of mood change and perspective when we choose to write in different genres

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The Annual Haiku Society of America Rengay Award in Honour of Garry Gay

The Haiku Society of America proudly sponsors our annual contest for rengay!

Deadline: HSA Rengay Award Contest:
Opens April 1, 2022 and closes May 31, 2022.

Eligibility: The contest is open to the public. HSA officers who are members of the executive committee are not eligible, but regional coordinators may enter. No entries will be accepted that include work by any of the judges.

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Submission Reminders

Echidna Tracks

Submissions to Echidna Tracks: Australian Haiku remains open until the end of April

Issue 9 of Echidna Tracks: Australian Haiku: will focus on the theme of Journeys. These may relate to journeys near and far, within and without. They might pertain to geographical travels, trips abroad, down memory lane or into interesting reaches of mind and imagination. They might be shared or personal, brief or lifelong. Share the sights, sounds and scents… stir our thoughts and feelings, take us somewhere intriguing— move us, because the journey has been, or is, a moving one for you…

Please carefully read the guidelines on the Submissions page and
submit your haiku via the Submissions Form.


Creatrix Haiku

The deadlines for submissions to Creatrix  are as follows:

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

Further information on submissions to Creatrix can be found here


Haiku @ The Oaks, Canberra

Tuesday 12 April 2022

Due to one thing and another, only three of us found ourselves @ The Oaks this time—Marietta McGregor, Glenys Ferguson, and Jan Dobb. Our thoughts were with our missing three—Hazel Hall, Kathy Kituai, and Greg Piko—as we settled around a small table beneath the autumn trees.

Marietta produced some copies of the attractive American haiku journal Akitsu Quarterly, till now unknown to Glenys and Jan. A browse through these soon led on to conversation with Marietta about her task as guest editor of THF ‘Haiku Dialogue’, and she was keen to express to us the stimulation of reading all the submissions and the satisfaction of readers’ feedback. An exacting and constant project that Marietta excels at.

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