Renga & Renku's Notes.
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
1. The winning poem will be published, together with a
critique, in the inaugural issue of the Journal of
Renga & Renku.
All entries will be considered as content for inclusion in
2. A small (and yet to be selected) book will be sent by way
congratulation to the sabaki (only) of the winning poem.
1. Only renku in the triparshva form are eligible for this
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
or that have been led by one of the judges, are NOT eligible
The leader or sabaki of the poem is designated the contest
and should do the following:
1. Send a clean copy of the poem (stripped of initials,
notes, renju's names etc.) as a Word (or RTF) document
RengaRenku@gmail.com (RengaRenku AT gmail DOT com)
the subject line: Triparshva contest/name of poem/name of
sabaki, e.g. Triparshva contest/Beneath Thin Snow/Norman
3. In the body of the email, paste the following text:
I hereby confirm that I have obtained consent from all of
participating poets to enter this poem in the JRR contest,
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.
We will look for:
1. evidence of appreciation of both the renku genre and its
successful employment of jo-ha-kyu movement
effective use of, and variety in, linking techniques
rattling good read
Norman Darlington (proposer of the triparshva form) & Moira
Richards, editors and publishers of the forthcoming Journal
Renga & Renku. Both are active in the study and practice of
genre, have served as renku editors for various
led or contributed to renku published in more than two dozen
and print journals around the world.
Why a one-form renku contest?
Every JRR contest will feature a different form of the
appreciation of the distinctive features of the various
forms of the genre and how they can be employed to
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.
the triparshva form?
With 22 verses, the triparshva is short enough to facilitate
composition over a reasonable period of time, yet with 6,
10, and 6
verses respectively, each side encompasses one of the
modes, and is long enough to allow a paced dynamic
the style of the kasen. Since the publication of the
design in 2005, it has been the successful vehicle of
poems by poets on five continents.
Want to learn more about renku and triparshva?
1. Lots of great reading matter, including information about
triparshva form, from John Carley here:
and excellent material from Bill Higginson here:
2. Lots of space to learn, write and meet other renku
will appear here:
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