HAIKU CONTEST GUIDELINES
World Monuments Fund invites entries for their second annual haiku contest.
Haiku is a traditional Japanese form that emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression.
Submissions are accepted April 1-30, 2013.
All haiku must be submitted through the online submission form:
All haiku must be previously unpublished and submitted through the online submission form.
All haiku styles accepted.
One entry per individual.
First Prize, $100; Second Prize, $75; Third Prize, $50; and three semi-finalists.
All six winning haiku will be published on WMF’s website.
Alan Summers who runs With Words, will adjudicate.
Explore World Monuments Fund's projects in Japan, or all field projects:
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All rights revert to the authors after publication.
More about the WMF Haiku Contest Judge Alan Summers
Alan Summers runs With Words, a nonprofit that provides literature, education, and literacy projects, often based around Japanese literary genres.
He is a recipient of the Japan Times Award and the Ritsumeikan University of Kyoto Peace Museum Award for haiku.
Alan is a founding haiku editor for Bones Journal, and serves as Special Feature editor of haiku/haibun for the Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts. He has four haiku collections, the most recent being Does Fish-God Know, and has also co-edited various haiku-based anthologies:
His haiku has appeared in 75 anthologies in fifteen languages, including Japanese, and has been printed in Japanese newspapers including Yomiuri Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun, Mainichi Shimbun, The Japan Times, and The Mie Times. A forthcoming work is Writing Poetry: the haiku way.
Alan is currently working on two novels, and also The Kigo Lab Project. He blogs at Area 17 and is a featured haiku poet at Cornell University, Mann Library: http://tinyurl.com/MannCornell-AlanSummers
Alan also runs popular online haiku workshops:
National Poetry Month at WMF
Newstead Abbey is best known today as the ancestral home of Lord Byron
The ties between poems and monuments are both ancient and contemporary, abstract and concrete.
As Myra Sklarew writes in her poem "Monuments": Each of us has monuments in the bone case of memory. Monuments secure a culture's present by honoring its past and ensuring its future. Poems about monuments fasten the cultural, socio-political, and aesthetic issues that monuments distill to the page.
At World Monuments Fund, we share these concerns in the conservation projects we undertake every day, some of which also directly support the conservation of poetry. At the Goethe Gallery in Weimar's Residenzschloss, we completed urgent conservation work on the stucco and painted surfaces of the walls and ceiling of the "Poet Rooms,” commissioned by Maria Pawlowna in 1834 to commemorate influential Weimar poets Goethe, Herder, Schiller, and Wieland. At Las Pozas, a Mexican surrealist landscape, WMF helped restore the Edward James Cabin, including the conservation of the poems he wrote on its walls. The Scottish capital's cemeteries, where many important poets are buried, was on the World Monuments Watch in 2010 and is the focus of a current conservation and stewardship project, while Newstead Abbey, the ancestral home of Lord Byron, is on the 2012 Watch.
Please join us this April in exploring the special relationship between monuments and poetry, highlighting the many poems that bear witness to the world's most treasured places: http://www.wmf.org/get-involved/national-poetry-month