Janice M Bostok Haiku Prize

Of course, not all haiku are nature poems, but since most haiku usually feature some aspect of nature I thought it appropriate to list this competition in honour of Australia’s well-loved poet, Janice Bostok.

 Janice M Bostok Haiku Prize:

Australia’s greatest haiku poet, the late Janice M Bostok, is being honoured with a major new haiku award offering a First Prize of $350 with a Second Prize of $100 and $50 for Third Prize.

The new award will be international in scope and looks forward to attracting the very best of English language haiku from around the world – in keeping with Janice’s recognition as a truly international haiku poet and as a fitting memorial to her many decades of dedication to promoting not only the development of an Australian haiku voice but also her work on behalf of English language haiku as a global art form.

The large judging panel will be led by one of Janice’s colleagues and admirers, the multi-award winning haiku poet Jim Kacian, founder of The Haiku Foundation, and will include Australian Haiku Society president Cynthia Rowe.

An award anthology will be published by the award’s sponsor, paper wasp, of which Janice Bostok was a member for 20 years. The anthology will be lodged with various Australian state libraries, the National Library in Canberra and with the Tokyo library of the Museum of Haiku Literature in Japan to ensure a permanent record is retained for posterity.

The closing date for entries is 15 September 2012 and results will be announced in December 2012. The contest anthology will also be published in December.

 First prize is Aust$350. The winner will also receive a limited edition unframed print of an original artwork by Janice M Bostok. The runner-up will receive a Aust$100 Second Prize and Aust$50 will be awarded as Third Prize.

An entry fee of Aust$10.00 (from within Australia and New Zealand, if paid in banknotes or cheques drawn on an Australian bank in Australia) or US$12.00 (international entries) applies to each sheet of three haiku submitted for judging.

Each entry of three haiku must be clearly marked on the back of the sheet or card with the entrant’s full name, address, including country and postal/zip code and email address, if available, and any preferred pen name for use if selected for publication. All entries must be in the haiku form in English and be the original, unpublished work of the author.

Please send your entries to Katherine Samuelowicz, paper wasp, 14 Fig Tree Pocket Road, Chapel Hill, Queensland 4069, Australia.

Australian residents can also submit their entries by email after paying the appropriate entry fee by bank transfer to paper wasp. Email entries must be submitted as two separate file attachments – one with the entrant’s haiku entry/entries and full details (Name/address/email) and the second attachment with the haiku entry/entries only. Email entries will be accepted from Australian residents only after providing details of the bank transfer of appropriate entry fee/fees. The address for email entries and details about bank transfers is: ksamuelowicz@optusnet.com.au

Judging is double blind. The judges’ decision is final, no correspondence will be entered into and entries will not be returned.

An obituary to Janice appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald last September.

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