Sketchbook SHH Contest 4 ~ Autumn Kigo




Sketchbook SHH Contest 4 ~ Autumn Kigo

Hello Sketchbook Haijin:

A note from Karina Klesko, Editor Announcing the Sketchbook, SHH Contest 4! Please review the sample submission at the bottom of this page prior to submitting your work.  Incomplete submissions will be returned to the haijin.

For “Showcase Haiku Haijin”, SHH!  I will scout out each Sketchbook Issue for haiku to Showcase. These haiku will be chosen by rigid standards.

  • the use of kigo / no double kigo permitted

  • the citation of kigo from a print or on-line saijiki

  • evocative power

  • transformation by the use of suggestion/not stating or telling

  • juxtaposition

  • the feeling of wabi sabi

  • the use of yugen

I have not set a limit to how many haiku will be selected for the Showcase Haiku; that will be determined and vary each issue depending upon the haiku submitted and / or selected for the issue. While the Sketchbook Haiku Thread is themed and the Kukai has a kigo, the Showcase will not be restricted to a topic. However, each Showcase Haiku must have a kigo / season word in the season of the publication it is being submitting. This is only for Haiku, no other genres. Later we will add Tanka as a separate showcase.

Haijin may send up to five haiku for each bi-monthly issue: February, April, June, August, October, and December. Haiku entered in the Showcase (SHH) must be previously unpublished; they must not be work shopped; they must not appear on any list, forum, group, blog, or in print. In short, if the haiku has appeared on the internet or in print we consider it to have been published. The next deadline is 20, August, 2012 for the July/August, 31, 2012 issue. Any autumn kigo referenced in an on-line sijiki or a print sijiki may be selected.

Send to:
Subject line: SHH Contest 4 autumn kigo and your name

Deadline: 20  August 2012

Include a detailed Reference from which each of your summer kigo words are chosen; For Example:

1) Autumn Kigo: "River of Heaven"
ama-no-gawa: Astronomy": The Haiku Handbook. William J. Higginson, p. 277.

2) Autumn Kigo: "
cricket (koorogi, all autumn). See also favorite named crickets, below": Animals: in The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words Selected by Kenkichi Yamamoto Translated by Kris Young Kondo and William J. Higginson Edited for Renku Home on-line:


3) Autumn Kigo: "vineyards: Sky and Elements": The Yuki Teikei Haiku  Season Word List (San Jose) on-line

4) Autumn Kigo: many listings-choose something specific and include a web link: The World Kigo Database--on-line:


A Specific Example:

Autumn Kigo: shuushoku 秋色 (しゅうしょく) autumn colors: kigo for all autumn in The World Kigo Database--on-line:

5) The World Kigo Datebase also maintains a list of regional Kigo. Other saijiki sources may also be used (both print and online); just be specific; be sure to include titles, pages, categories and web links. 

Failure to include a specific kigo source will result in the return of the submission to you.

The results of Sketchbook SHH Contest 4 Autumn Kigo will be published in the July / August 31, 2012 issue of Sketchbook.

This will be fun!  I look forward to reading your submissions!!

Thank you.

Karina Klesko, Sketchbook editor.


Sample Submission ~ SHH4 Autumn Kigo

in these dog days
a new coolness

she visits friends


Autumn Kigo: "new coolness (shinryoo, early autumn): The Season" in The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words Selected by Kenkichi Yamamoto
Translated by Kris Young Kondo and William J. Higginson Edited for Renku Home on-line:

Features of this submission:

1) the seasonal haiku with kigo--new coolness
2) the kigo season--Autumn Kigo:  this changes from contest to contest
3) the specific kigo listed in the sajiki with interpretations etc.--"new coolness (shinryoo, early autumn)
4) the category: i.e. The Season; Animals; Plants; etc.
5) the name of the source, authors, and page
6) the on-line link; if a book, publisher, date, and page









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