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Archives comprise Essays, Articles, NZ Haiku Showcase
and Haiku Commentary.

Contest Results

Robert Spiess Haiku Award (US)

Betty Drevniok Award (Canada)

Gene Murtha Senryu Award (US)

Fleeting Words Tanka Contest (US)

Jane Reichhold Haiku Prize (US)

Sharpening the Green Pencil  (Romania)

High/Coo Chapbook Awards (US)

News & Events

Haiku Down Under

Taking place online from August 16-18. Registration (free) closes on August 11. The programme for ‘A Sensory Journey’ has been released, see it here

White Enso closes

Issue 9 of White Enso is the last, editor Linda Gould has announced. See it here.

Humana Obscura

This quarterly online journal is seeking ‘Westernised-style’ haiku and tanka for the next edition.
Submit: By August 1.
Full details here.

NZ Poetry Day

August 23 is the day to celebrate all things poetry in Aoetearoa New Zealand.
Tauranga: Has 3 events throughout the day, read more here (scroll down to the date).

A list of events on the official website will be available later in July.

Holiday Food Anthology

Allyson Whipple, editor of The Culinary Sajiki, is seeking haiku and senryu related to holiday food, including its preparation, for an anthology. Submissions accepted on a rolling basis.
Read more here.


To Sandra Simpson who has been placed Third in the Marlene Mountain Haiku Contest (US).

To Sandra Simpson who has been placed First in the Japan Fair Haiku Contest (US). See all the results here.

Rattle honours haibun

Rattle journal will dedicate its (northern) spring 2025 issue to haibun.
Submit: Up to 4 poems by October 16.
Read more here

Vale Deborah P Kolodji

Deborah P Kolodji, haiku poet and co-organiser of the 2013 Haiku North America in Long Beach, California, died on July 20. She chronicled her illness in her most recent book ‘Vital Signs’ (Cuttlefish Books, 2024). Her books are available to purchase on Amazon. Read about Deborah’s life and a sample of her work on The Haiku Foundation’s Haiku Registry. Since 2016 she had been on the board of directors for HNA.

End Notes

July 1, 2024: Midwinter blues … yeah, sure. Some ropey virus (not Covid) grabbed me in the middle of June and gave me a good shaking. A week in the heat of Apia was a pleasant distraction and there was a pool to laze in when it all got a bit much. Still coughing though. Our house is definitely cosier this winter thanks to the renovations of last year and we’re burning less firewood too. Hope this update finds you well and writing – or, at least reading happily. Winter is a good time to tuck up in a sunny spot with a cuppa and a book. Immerse yourself, no apologies. ‘Housework’, as the fridge magnet a sister-poet once gave me, ‘is for ladies who don’t write poetry’. Amen to that! – Sandra