Thursday, October 8, 2009

Lilliput Review's Basho Haiku Challenge

I have copy-and-pasted and linked the guidelines below:
Basho Haiku Challenge

“So, here's the deal: for the next four weeks, send along up to
5 haiku to lilliput review at gmail dot com (spelled out
to fend off pesky bots) and the best haiku wins a copy of
Bashō and His Interpreters: Selected Hokku with
Commentary, edited by Makoto Ueda. Minimally, I will
need your name and email to contact you with the
results. In the subject line of your email, please put
"2nd Annual Bashō Haiku Challenge" so I can easily
differentiate it from the scads of other things that come my
way. The final date for submissions will be October 31st and
the winner will be announced in either November 18th or
December 2nd postings. My definition of haiku is about as
liberal as you can get: I follow no one particular method,
school or theory and there is no seasonal requirement.
Your haiku can be 1, 2, or 3 lines (over 5 would be a bit
much, folks, but I will keep an open mind for
experimenters). The one restriction would be that it be
in the spirit of haiku (I've always liked the definition of
English haiku as lasting the length of one breath, in and
out and pause, but that's just me - and, oh yeah, I'm the
judge, but, again, it's the spirit of the thing that counts)
and that the haiku be previously unpublished in either
paper or electronic form (ok, that's two requirements).

In addition, the winning poet will receive a 15 issue
subscription to Lilliput Review (or have their current
subscription extended by 15 issues), plus two copies of
the 2nd Annual chapbook, to be published sometime in
2010. Other poets whose work is selected for inclusion
will receive 2 copies of the chapbook plus a 6 issue

You have until the end of October! Good luck to all who submit and please drop in tomorrow for more Poetry Tips…


Crafty Green Poet said...

thannks for this, I'll definitely try and put something together for this...

Issa's Untidy Hut said...


Thanks very much for passing along the word. In addition to the prizes mentioned, Jim Kacian of red moon press has donated 5 excellent poetry collections to give away to the five runners-up in the Challenge, so the pot has been sweetened. See the bottom of this recent post for the update (and perhaps a little neater spelling out of the contest rules than I initially did):

I really appreciate that you pass the word on to your readers about Lillie. It means a lot.

Don @ Issa's Untidy Hut/Lilliput Review

Poet Hound said...

Always happy to pass on good news from Lilliput Review, what a sweet deal for runners-up, too!

Good luck Ms. Crafty!