Friday, August 15, 2008

Haiku Call and Issa

I received the following this morning from Sketchbook editor, John Daleiden:

Dear haiku poet,

Announcing __frog(s) August 2008 Kukai at Sketchbook

For the August 2008 Kukai submit one to three HAIKU using the kigo green frog(s) /rain frog(s), tree frog(s) / toad. The exact word(s) must be used in the haiku. No more than a total of three haiku may be submitted. Haiku submitted to the kukai should not be workshopped, appear on-line in forums, or in print.


Author, Country

Subject:Aug08 frogs Kukai

Submissions: Friday, August 01, 2008 – Wednesday, July 20, 2008 Midnight.
Voting: Thursday August 21, 2008 – Wednesday, July 27, 2008, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Sunday, August 31, 2008 Sketchbook

Recent letters to the Sketchbook editors and discussions on various forums indicate that some assumptions about a kukai must be spelled out. From now on (April 1, 2008), Haiku entered in the Sketchbook kukai must be previously unpublished; they must not be workshopped; they must not appear on any list, forum, group, blog, or in print. In short, if the haiku has appeared on the internet or in print we consider it to have been published. The voting in a kukai is anonymous and publication anywhere voids anonyminity. Any haiku found to be previously published will be disqualified.

John Daleiden, Kukai editor

The dates appear a bit squirrelly: I believe both July mentions should be August. When sending haiku, you may want to inquire about this. The Sketchbook site may be found here and on the sidebar to the right under "Poetry and Magazine Links." Since this one is about frogs, here's a classic from the master, for inspiration:


locked in a staring contest
and a frog.
translated by David Lanoue


Normally, I don't list contests on this blog unless they do not charge a reading fee as in this case. A matter of principle, plain and simple. I understand it from a publisher's point of view, believe me. I don't look down on those who do charge a fee; I just don't provide the space.



Ed Baker said...

the haiku "thread" for this next issue comes out last day of August is

"water" (anything to do with 'water') like 'pond' 'rain' 'puddle' 'lake' etc

a phun site...

Charles Gramlich said...

I'll check this out. Looks intersting.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Ed, thanks for the update ...
phun site, indeed

Charles, hope all is going well with your visit. I sent a haiku in for the frog request. Seems this is an ongoing thing.


AscenderRisesAbove said...

thanks for your visit the other day. Issa is great... as is sexton below. enjoyed reading all the haiku; so difficult to write - so easy to read

Anonymous said...

Dear Don:

Thank you for the last posting's short poems, particularly Marcia Arrieta's. Wonderful work.

Also I will check out Bear Creek Haiku; I have wanted to see some of your poems! Cool!



Issa's Untidy Hut said...

ascenderriseabove, indeed, difficult to write! Sexton is amazing. Checked out your artwork, which is truly wonderful. Thanks.

Jeffrey, Marcia's work is always top shelf, glad you pointed it out. Approach my work without too much expectation ... Daryl has been very generous at
bear creek

I think I owe you a couple of issues?


Greg Schwartz said...

Thanks for the contest info. I'll definitely try to enter that. Always love reading that staring contest poem.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Greg, feel free to pass that info on through your blog ... Don