The results for the inaugural John Bird Dreaming Award for Haiku have now been posted. Congratulations to the awarded poets; Louise Hopewell, Matthew Paul and Jennifer Sutherland for First, Second and Third Places respectively. Congratulations also to those gaining Honourable Mentions. Our gratitude is extended to all who participated in this most successful event; your contributions are deeply appreciated. Our sincere thanks to our judges; Vanessa Proctor and Michael Dylan Welch for their enthusiastic commitment to the event and for their expert and insightful comments. Our sincere thanks (once again) to Ron C. Moss for creating the certificates and the magnificent paintings accompanying First, Second and Third places. You can revisit the selected haiku and judge’s comments here.
The recent AHS Autumn Equinox Haiku String attracted a record number of contributions of which we are most grateful. As usual, haiku came from near and far around the globe, including our first offering from China-which is fantastic. If you wish you can revisit the Haiku Stringhere.
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.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year, filled with the joy of writing haiku. 2020 has been a difficult year which has brought many challenges and much sadness. As I’m sure all of you would agree, reading and writing haiku has provided much needed sustenance in a year full of anxiety and grief. Moreover, the opportunity to reach out to the broader haiku community across Australia and beyond via Zoom was a particular and unexpected pleasure. I sincerely hope this vibrant and communal spirit continues into this year.
It has been a productive year for the AHS as we celebrated our 20th year, and we have more exciting plans for the year ahead, including the announcement of the winner of the inaugural John Bird Dreaming Award for Haiku.
Thank you all for you valuable support for my first year as President and I look forward to continued support and more of your wonderful haiku in 2021.
Happy New Year! Rob Scott
The AHS Summer Solstice Haiga Kukai has concluded with an excellent response from participants. Contributions are now being considered by the adjudicator Ron Moss. You can revisit the entries here for both the Seasonal and Non-seasonal categories.
Echidna Tracks: Australian Haiku Issue 6 – on the theme of Shelter begins today. Thank you so much to all who submitted work to the issue. Even if your work was not included this time around, we greatly appreciate the offering and look forward to hearing from you again in April during the submission period for issue 7 on the theme of Light & Colour.
John Bird recently contacted us with an email addressed to Rob Scott;
‘I am delighted and honoured to have my name associated with the AHS International Haiku Competition. I am also delighted that you have taken the reins at the Australian Haiku Society – the Society has been blessed with excellent leadership teams which is evidenced in its progress. I know the AHS will benefit from your leadership and I hope you have lots of fun in the Chair.