Online internet courses by Call of the Page

Are you interested in a Call of the Page course? We run courses on haiku; tanka; tanka stories/prose; haibun; shahai; and other genres.

Please email Karen or Alan at our joint email address:
We will let you know more about these courses.

Call of the Page (Alan & Karen)

Monday, November 29, 2010

FREE WORLDWIDE Haiku Competition for children and teenagers!


If you're aged between 4 yrs to 18 yrs you could win a free copy if you write a haiku!

The Poetry Zone have five copies to give away.

Simply write a haiku poem.
Send it to the Poetry Zone at

The deadline is December 31st 2010.
The winning poems will appear here in January 2011. 

Don't forget to include your name, age and a contact address.

This is a FREE competition and open to everyone around the world aged between 4 years old and 18 years old!

Good luck everyone!

Important. Read these Rules.
1 Send your haiku to
2 Send poem in body of the e-mail NOT as a file or attachment
3 Remember to give your name, age and a contact address (No addresses will be published here)
4 The competition is open worldwide (written in English) for children or teenagers between the ages of 4 and 18.
5 Closing date for the competition is December 31st 2010
6 Poems MUST be your own, original work.

Alan Summers is the Poetry Zone’s Guest Haiku Competition judge, all haiku entries sent to:

Alan is a Japan Times award-winning poet for haiku, and founder of With Words ( which promotes the love of words through literacy and literature events using haiku and its related forms.

He also runs The With Words International Online Haiku Competition, and judges children’s haiku competitions around the world.

What is a haiku?  
Alan says:
Haiku are short three line poems that don't rhyme and are six seconds long.
Ask a friend to count how long your haiku is by getting them to count the seconds by calling out OCEAN HAIKU! six times. 

Competition weblink: 

Shouting at the Ocean: Poems that make a splash!
Edited by Graham Denton, Andrea Shavick and Roger Stevens
Cover illustration by David Parkins
Illustrations by Cathy Benson, Liz Brownlee, Philip Waddell and Sue Hardy-Dawson
Price £4.99 ISBN 978-0-9555589-0-0

Dive into this wonderful collection of children’s poems compiled by top poets - Graham Denton, Andrea Shavick and Roger Stevens. 

Discover who ate Grandma, who sold Mum and who swallowed a stopwatch.

Find out who threw the first doughnut, who caught the three-legged dog and how you can get much, much more pocket money.

Haiku Competition sponsored by The Secret Lives of Poets:

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends

Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku
by a Bunch of Our Friends
ISBN 978-1-878798-31-2   

Press Here is pleased to announce this publication
edited by Michael Dylan Welch and Alan Summers.
Each editor selected six poets for inclusion in the book, and each of the twelve poets is  represented by either four or five haiku. 
Not a single one is about parsnips.
The poets, who live in Europe, Africa, North America, and Japan, are
Karen Hoy, Alison Williams, Timothy Collinson, David Serjeant, Caleb
Mutua, Susan Constable, Deborah P Kolodji, Susan Antolin, Dejah L├ęger,
Tanya McDonald, Helen Russell, and Keiko Izawa.
For orders outside the United States,  please inquire for details by
To order in the United States, please send $8.00 plus $2.00  postage.

Make payments payable to “Michael D. Welch” and send to him at 22230 NE 
28th Place, Sammamish, WA 98074-6408 USA.

For more information,  please visit
Carmen Sterba (haijinx editor, friend and collegue) wishing me luck at Haiku Northwest's Seabeck Haiku Getaway where the book received its U.S. booklaunch.  
Photo by Deborah P Kolodji.
U.K. note from Alan, With Words

I'll be receiving U.K. copies this Summer.

With Words will be planning a double book launch in the City of Bath; Bristol; and other cities end of 2011 into 2012.