Renku Contest Announcement


Journal of Renga & Renku's Notes.

Further to our call for content for the Journal of Renga & Renku,
we are delighted to be able to announce a renku contest too.

Entry fee: None
Deadline: 1 October 2010


1. The winning poem will be published, together with a detailed
critique, in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Renga & Renku.
All entries will be considered as content for inclusion in the

2. A small (and yet to be selected) book will be sent by way of
congratulation to the sabaki (only) of the winning poem.


1. Only renku in the triparshva form are eligible for this contest

2. There is no limit on the number of entries you may send

3. Both solo and collaborative triparshva are eligible

4. Previously published triparshva are also eligible for the

5. Triparshva that include verses written by either of the judges,
or that have been led by one of the judges, are NOT eligible for
this contest

Entry Procedure

The leader or sabaki of the poem is designated the contest entrant
and should do the following:

1. Send a clean copy of the poem (stripped of initials, schema
notes, renju's names etc.) as a Word (or RTF) document attachment
to  (RengaRenku AT gmail DOT com)

2. Mark the subject line: Triparshva contest/name of poem/name of
sabaki, e.g. Triparshva contest/Beneath Thin Snow/Norman Darlington

3. In the body of the email, paste the following text:

I hereby confirm that I have obtained consent from all of the
participating poets to enter this poem in the JRR contest, and to
offer it for publication by JRR

4. There is no need to list the names or number of poets who
contributed to the poem. We'll contact you later for this
information if we decide to publish.

Judging Criteria

We will look for:
1. evidence of appreciation of both the renku genre and its
triparshva form

2. successful employment of jo-ha-kyu movement

3. effective use of, and variety in, linking techniques

4. a rattling good read

Contest Judges

Norman Darlington (proposer of the triparshva form) & Moira
Richards, editors and publishers of the forthcoming Journal of
Renga & Renku. Both are active in the study and practice of the
genre, have served as renku editors for various publications, and
led or contributed to renku published in more than two dozen online
and print journals around the world.

Why a one-form renku contest?

Every JRR contest will feature a different form of the genre, in
order to

a) promote appreciation of the distinctive features of the various
forms of the genre and how they can be employed to different ends
in the writing of poems, and

b) encourage poets to explore more fully the possibilities of one
form, and to appreciate what others do with it.

Why the triparshva form?

With 22 verses, the triparshva is short enough to facilitate remote
composition over a reasonable period of time, yet with 6, 10, and 6
verses respectively, each side encompasses one of the jo-ha-kyu
modes, and is long enough to allow a paced dynamic development in
the style of the kasen. Since the publication of the triparshva
design in 2005, it has been the successful vehicle of numerous
poems by poets on five continents.

Want to learn more about renku and triparshva?

1. Lots of great reading matter, including information about the
triparshva form, from John Carley here:

and excellent material from Bill Higginson here:

2. Lots of space to learn, write and meet other renku enthusiasts

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