Monday, July 14, 2014

The With Words Summer Competition 2014: Haiku Section


 The With Words Summer Haiku Competition      2014-2015 
"Capturing the essence of Summer worldwide"
The Competition is open to ALL countries worldwide. Let us know what you think is Summer, or something similar, if you live somewhere without a "Summer" such as India or Africa.  We invite you to submit on anything that says Summer to you, or its nearest equivalent.

The competition accepts both unpublished and previously published haiku 
All approaches to haiku are accepted. 
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Additional Prize:
The With Words Summer Haiku Prize for Unpublished Work     £25
NOTE: If an unpublished haiku wins 1st Place or 2nd Place an additional £25 is added to the £75 or £50 prize.

There will also be Highly Commended and Commended haiku.
   
Writers have until February 2015 to submit haiku and writers notes:
Competition Results:   April 15th 2015
  
Judge: Alan Summers
Japan Times award-winning writer, and recently Pushcart Prize nominated poet. (Weblink: http://area17.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/entry-details-that-wed-like-for-haiku.html  Scroll down for bio)
Easy Entry Fees by PAYPAL:
paypal payment competition email: alan@withwords.org.uk
  





  

    






Email your haiku entries to:   summer@withwords.org.uk
  
Please add ‘Summer Haiku' in the subject line, and include your Paypal Transaction ID number with your haiku entries.

We will accept multiple submissions of entries during the competition.

The details we'd like you to include with your haiku entries:

All poems will be read, and all participants will be notified of the results by April 15th 2015.




Links to further posts for the competition:
      
  
And if you'd like to add your own notes, memories, thoughts, observations, feelings about Summer, there is a FREE feature where you can win an extra prize
Weblink: http://area17.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/writers-notes.html

brushstroke©With Words/Alan Summers

Click here for competition rules and legalities:
http://area17.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/with-words-competition-rules-and.html

brushstroke©With Words/Alan Summers
The Summer Books:
Click here to learn a little more about THE BOOKS

Read a little about The With Words Haiku Book of Summer  Please email or drop a comment in that post about a feature you might like to see in the final book.  The book is all about each individual's voice, and how we all experience the Summer season. Click here to learn a little more:


red kite over tractor making hay©Alan Summers Late June
2014









Remember, there is an extra prize-winning Feature which is FREE TO ENTER: 
Click here: http://area17.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/writers-notes.html

Each entrant to the competition may also submit personal notes on the theme of Summer.  Twelve chosen extracts from writers’ notes will each receive a prize. 

You can send us your notes, observations, thoughts and feelings, anecdotes, or explanations about your individual haiku, or about Summer in particular or in general, or the nearest equivalent to the season if you live in places such as India or Africa.  

You can send these notes either with your haiku submission, or separately at a later time.   

This part of the competition is FREE, and you could win a prize as well as be featured in the Summer books we are planning. 

"Capturing the essence of Summer worldwide"

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ENTRY DETAILS THAT WE’D LIKE for haiku only entries

  
a swirl of clouds and red kite©Alan Summers
  
ENTRY DETAILS THAT WE’D LIKE if you are sending haiku only entries:

Remember that we accept both previously published haiku as well as unpublished haiku.

We also accept more than one submission of entries through the  duration of the competition. As you find your more recent haiku published in magazines, or placed in competitions, you can make an extra submission to the competition.

Along with your haiku entry please include in your email:
  1. Your Name
  2. Your place of residence: village or town or city plus county/region/state/Country.
  3. Publication credits of haiku if previously published.
  4. If your haiku is unpublished, just state 'unpublished'.
  5. Finally don't forget to email: summer@withwords.org.uk
  6. And put "Summer Haiku" in the subject line
  • To know more about Alan as competition judge please scroll further down.

Please also note that we are also very interested to read your Summer anecdotes, memories, and observations as part of the competition. 

Twelve selected extracts will each win a small prize. 

They should be included in the same email as your haiku entries(see weblink: Writer's Notes http://area17.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/writers-notes.html)

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to ask Karen who will be happy to help. 
Email Karen:
karen@withwords.org.uk
   
Back to the main competition page: http://area17.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/the-with-words-summer-competition-2014_14.html
"Capturing the essence of Summer worldwide"
JUDGE: ALAN SUMMERS is a Japan Times award-winning writer as well as a Pushcart Prize nominated poet. He is Director/Lead Tutor of With Words, an international provider of literature, education and literacy projects, as well as With Words online workshops based around the Japanese genres.     
He is a founding editor for Bones Journal (contemporary haiku): www.bonesjournal.com/, and was Special Feature Editor, Haiku/Haibun, Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts: http://lijla.weebly.com/about.html


Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac  www.amazon.com/Haiku-World-International-Poetry-Almanac/dp/4770020902
Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years http://books.wwnorton.com/books/Haiku-in-English/ 
The Disjunctive Dragonfly, a New Approach to English-Language Haiku www.redmoonpress.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=32&products_id=179
Haiku 2014, pub. Modern Haiku Press, 2014 www.modernhaiku.org/mhbooks/Haiku2014.html







Just released Thursday 7th August 2014:
The Red Moon Anthology series is a celebration of the best haiku and related work published in English around the world each calendar year. www.redmoonpress.com/catalog/?cPath=33&osCsid=c2d0596302db327fa74a30480811a48a


Back to the main competition page:
http://area17.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/the-with-words-summer-competition-2014_14.html
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Writer’s Notes for The With Words Summer Competition


Writer’s Notes:

FREE TO ENTER:
  
Each entrant to the competition may also submit personal notes on the theme of summer.  Twelve chosen extracts from writers’ notes will each receive a prize. 





We are very keen to publish individual author voices in The With Words Haiku Book of Summer, so please send us your notes, observations, thoughts and feelings, anecdotes, or explanations about your haiku, about Summer, or your nearest equivalent to Summer if you live in a country that has different seasons, either with your haiku submission, or separately at a later time.   

This part of the competition is FREE, and you could win a prize as well as be featured in the Summer books we are planning. 


These may include notes specific to the poems submitted, or about summer in general.  

PRIZE We will select twelve extracts from writers’ notes for special mention and a prize.

For ideas about what to include in writer’s notes, please consider:
  • Season: what season, or part of the season, festival, special day etc are you writing about … 
  • Seasonal Location: immediate area of your poem[s] plus other geographical details
  • Full Date (time am or pm, day, month, year) of observation 
  • Comments: anecdotes; observations; notes; fieldnotes; asides; or an account of why you personally associate the topic of your haiku with summer.
  • Nature notes including nicknames and common names of species; local, regional and national names for animal; bird; plant; flower; tree; insect and various natural or human made phenomena.
  • Non-nature: name of festival; special days; birthdays; religious or spiritual observances etc…
"Capturing the essence of Summer worldwide"
   

You have until next year, February 15th 2015 to send in entries and writer's notes.

Weblink back to the main competition details:
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With Words Competition rules and legalities

rainbow cloud and red kite©Alan Summers





Competition rules and legalities

1. Haiku entries must be your own work in English and you must be the sole copyright owner of the work.

2.  Entry implies permission for With Words to non-exclusively publish the prize-winning poems, and extracts from Writers' notes, online and in other With Words publications.  

3. Previously unpublished haiku placed in the Commended or Highly Commended categories will not be published by With Words without the author's separate permission.  

4. We will not use your email address for any other purpose except correspondence relating to this competition, or pass it on to any third parties.

5.  The competition judge is With Words founder Alan Summers.  The judge's decisions are final.   
For details about the judge please click here, and scroll down: http://area17.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/entry-details-that-wed-like-for-haiku.html

6.  Alan Summers' current and former students may enter the competition.  The rigorousness of the judging process will ensure that their entries are neither at an advantage or disadvantage in this competition. 

7.  With Words will be producing two books of Summer writing.  Entries to this competition will automatically be considered for inclusion.

"Capturing the essence of Summer worldwide"


Back to the main competition page:
http://area17.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/the-with-words-summer-competition-2014_14.html

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THE BOOKS: The With Words Book of Summer & The With Words Haiku Book of Summer

Buckinghamshire skies with red kite©Alan Summers
  THE BOOKS
We plan to produce a book entitled The With Words Book of Summer (combining poetry, and prose, haibun, tanka prose, and some haiku) and The With Words Haiku Book of Summer.  

The With Words Haiku Book of Summer is planned to be launched on the Summer Solstice of 2015 and The With Words Book of Summer around May 2016.

The With Words Haiku Book of Summer will contain a number of anecdotes or observations from various participating poets as part of the competition, so we can gain an understanding of what Summer means to individual haiku writers around the world.

More about anecdotes, observations etc... at Writer's Notes:
http://area17.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/writers-notes.html


"Capturing the essence of Summer worldwide"
Back to the main competition page: http://area17.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/the-with-words-summer-competition-2014_14.html


Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Clouds and Rain: A couple of haiku by Alan Summers translated into German by VerSuch ... das projekt gendai haiku


image©VerSuch





VerSuch ... das projekt gendai haiku ist ein deutschsprachiges blog von dietmar tauchner und ralf bröker. das ziel: den stand und die entwicklung des modernen haiku in deutscher sprache zu zeigen.


fliehende Wolken
mein Zackenmann trägt
einen Albatross


Haiku by Alan Summers
trans. Ralf Bröker
Publication Credit: VerSuch ... das projekt gendai haiku 01.07.2014 Wartende wir 





starker Dauerregen mein Kompass dein geographischer Norden


One-line haiku by Alan Summers
trans. Ralf Bröker
Publications credits: Frogpond 36.1 • 2013; VerSuch ... das projekt gendai haiku (1st July 2013)



Alan Summers leitet With Words (Mit Worten) und unterstützt Menschen, die sich für Haiku, Tanka und andere Lyrik interessieren. Er ist dabei, einen weiteren Teil des The Kigo Lab Project zu veröffentlichen: ein Experiment mit westlichen Jahreszeitenwörtern als vollwertige Kigo für ökologisch-kritisches Schreiben. Alan hat sowohl Freude an Haiku, die mancher als traditionell ansieht, als auch jenen, die aus dem Rahmen fallen.

Translator: Ralf Bröker
Auf broeker-online.de

... geht es um Haiku, der kompaktesten Form von Lyrik. Das Haiku hat seinen Ursprung im alten Japan. Heute wollen Autoren weltweit kurz und knapp einen bemerkenswerten Moment vergegenwärtigen – und im Leser das entstehen lassen, was Worte nicht sagen. 

image©Alan Summers


With Words run both live and online 
courses:
With Words runs popular online courses in haiku, tanka, haibun, and other related poetry.
 
Please don't hesitate to contact Karen for further information: karen@withwords.org.uk


Monday, June 23, 2014

A selection of haiku poems by Alan Summers in American magazine Modern Haiku

                     An Independent Journal of Haiku and Haiku Studies
"you ain't serious about haiku if you don't subscribe to Modern Haiku"
Small Press Review, December 2004

One haiku just published this Summer in Modern Haiku, and a selection of others from last year, plus a couple of oldies or mor from the 1990s.


night of small colour
a part of the underworld
becomes one heron

Alan Summers
Publication Credit: Modern Haiku Vol. 45.2  Summer 2014








this small ache and all the rain too robinsong

Alan Summers
Publications credits: Modern Haiku vol. 44.1 winter/spring 2013




ants following invisible trials the children

Alan Summers
Publication Credits: Modern Haiku  issue 44:3 (2013)




mist and dark I hold onto Little Bear

Alan Summers
Publication Credits: Modern Haiku  issue 44:3 (2013)




woodfire
flickering in the silence
corralled horses

Alan Summers
Publications credits: Modern Haiku vol. xxvi  no. 3 (1995); Moonlighting  (Intimations Pamphlet Series British Haiku Society publication, 1996); sundog haiku journal: an australian year  (sunfast press 1997 reprinted 1998); California State Library - 1997; First Australian Haiku online Anthology (1999); First Australian Anthology (Paper Wasp 2000); haiku dreaming australia the best haiku & senryu relevant in and to Australia (2006); The Crow Walk haibun (HAIKU HIKE, World Walks, Crossover UK 'Renewability' project 2006)); Stepping Stones:  a way into haiku  (British Haiku Society 2007); Mann Library, Cornell University Daily Haiku (March 2013)




Far North Queensland
a dingo’s call picked up-
the moonless night 

Alan Summers
Publications credits: Modern Haiku (199-)


web link:
Far North Queensland
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far_North_Queensland




cool morning
birdsong
    light on a distant cloud


Alan Summers
Publications credits: 
Modern Haiku, (1999); Azami Haiku in English Commemorative Issue  (2000); Birmingham Words Magazine Issue 3 (Autumn 2004); Haiku Friends Vol. 3 ed. Masaharu Hirata (Japan 2009)


Modern Haiku Summer 2014 backcover.JPG




Friday, June 13, 2014

Asahi Shimbun (Japanese newspaper) publication of forgotten rain haiku by Alan Summers




Image from Asahi Shimbun (Illustration by Mitsuaki Kojima)


























Forgotten rain
the wedding ring left
in a doll’s house

Alan Summers
Publication Credit: ASAHI HAIKUIST NETWORK (Japan 2014)

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Bath Fringe Festival 2014 "Writing Haiku" Workshop free mini-workshop run by Alan Summers and Karen Hoy of With Words



 
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Bath Fringe Festival Writing Haiku Workshop
  
Writing Haiku
a free mini-workshop within an art exhibition
with Alan Summers and Karen Hoy

Saturday June 7th, 11am-12pm

Free Event to the public

‘STILL POINTS: MOVING WORLD’ Exhibition
Stall St
City of Bath
Bath and North East Somerset BA1 1QG



 

Photograph of Karen and Alan at the Bath Japanese Festival by Dru Marland
 
Still Points : Moving World  A Performance Writing Exhibition  Fringe Arts Bath, Friday 23rd May to Sunday 8th June 2014

About the gallery:

Events including the haiku mini-workshop:


Writing Haiku
Saturday June 7th, 11am-12pm

A free event and open to everyone.

Haiku are very short poems – generally just three lines long – and are written in simple language, but can be powerfully evocative.

This event is a writing mini-workshop with Alan Summers, who will talk about the history and contemporary practice of combining haiku and art. The workshop includes time for you to write your own haiku inspired by the art work in the exhibition.

Alan Summers is a Japan Times award-winning and Pushcart Prize nominated poet, who has been studying and writing haiku for over twenty years, and has been published internationally and translated into more than a dozen languages. He loves to teach and run workshops, bringing people to the Asian writing forms, and through his organisation With Words has students all over the English-speaking world.
 
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KAREN HOY

Karen has been published in a number of hai­ku-based publications, including anthologies The Humours of Haiku, edited by David Cobb (Iron Press); and as one of Wales’s haiku pioneers in Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales (Gomer Press) edited by Nigel Jen­kins, Ken Jones and Lynne Rees. She also appears in Mslexia; and Sixfold; My Mother Threw Knives (Second Light Publications 2006); Highly Commended in the BBC Wildlife Magazine’s Nature Writer of the Year competition (2009); as well as Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts.

Karen is the Course Director for With Words, and a Teaching Artist for Rooster Moans:
www.poetrycoop.com/poetry-workshops/poem-portrait







If you are unable to attend, live elsewhere, or even in a different country, With Words run regular online events:


With Words runs popular online courses in haiku, tanka and other related poetry.
 
Please don't hesitate to contact Karen for further information: karen@withwords.org.uk



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