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:

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