Haiku Society welcomes entries to The British Haiku Awards
categories are: Haiku and Haibun
the British Haiku Awards 2011
Submissions must be in English, unpublished at the time of
submission, remaining so until results are declared, and not
concurrently entered for any other competition. There is no
limit on the number of entries from any single competitor.
2. Deadline: in the
administrator's hands by 31 January, 2012. Haiku and
haibun entries may be sent in the same envelope.
3. Entry procedures: For haiku, send each poem on three
separate 5 x 3 in. (125 x 75mm) cards (or paper cut to the
same size.) On one only of the 3 copies write your name and
address on the back. For haibun *, send three copies of each
haibun, each copy on a separate A4 sheet or sheets. One copy
should bear your name, address, phone number and email
address (if applicable.) The other two copies should bear no
identification. Enclose the appropriate fee[s] (see below)
and post to:
British Haiku Awards,
37 Holt Road, North Elmham, Norfolk, NR20 5JQ, UK.
for haiku or haibun will be returned, so do keep your own
* Haibun must contain at least 100 words of prose and at
least one haiku, and must not exceed 2,500 words in length.
Each haibun should be given a title.
4. Fees: The entry fee for up to 3 haiku is £3 (or US$ 6)
and £1 (US$ 2) per haiku thereafter, the fee for haibun is
£3 (or US$ 6) per entry. Cheques and money orders payable
to: The British Haiku Society (N.B. not 'BHS'.) Due to high
currency and clearance charges, payment can only be accepted
in sterling by cheque drawn on a bank with branches in the
UK; or by British postal order or International Money Order;
or (at the sender's risk) in sterling bank notes, dollar
bills, or Euro bank notes at the current rate of exchange..
5. No current trustee of the British Haiku Society is
eligible to enter.
6. Adjudication process: BHS appoints two judges for each
category, haiku and haibun (four different judges in all.)
Each judge sees all entries submitted in the category
assigned to him/her, and without consulting the other judge
makes his/her own independent choice of best haiku /haibun
and, in the case of haiku only, one runner-up in each
category. Their choices will be final and no correspondence
can be entered into about the results. If two judges'
choices happen to coincide, a Double Award will be declared,
i.e. one winner receives both prizes.
7. Prizes: For haiku, prizes of £125 will be awarded to each
of the two best and £50 to each of two runners-up. (Double
awards: £250 and £100.) For haibun, prizes of £125 will be
awarded to each of the two best, but at present there will
be no runner-up prize. (As the number of entries for the
haibun category increases it is hoped eventually to bring
this into line with the haiku category and award runner-up
prizes as well.)
8. Publication of results: As soon as they are known,
results will be put up on the BHS website at
www.britishhaikusociety.org.uk and published in
the June issue of the BHS members' newsletter. All haiku
selected for awards will be published in the June 2012 issue
of the BHS journal, Blithe Spirit. It is hoped the selected
haibun may also appear in full in that issue, but as their
length is unpredictable, for space reasons the journal
editor will use his/her discretion about spreading
publication over two issues, i.e. June and September 2012.
9. for personal early notification of results, please
enclose a self-addressed envelope with appropriate UK stamp,
or US $1, or two International Reply Coupons (e.g. US$ 7
covers the entry fee for 3 haiku and notification.)
10. Copyrights revert to authors after publication in the
British Haiku Society journal, Blithe Spirit, but entry for
either award signifies agreement to your work being
published digitally by the Society or copied for archival
purposes (for example, by the British Library or the Poetry
Judges for the British Haiku Awards 2011 are as follows:
Haiku: Dee Evetts and Clare McCotter
Haibun: Lynne Rees and Jeffrey Woodward
For examples of previous winning Haiku and Haibun visit:
B H Awards can be found:
www.britishhaikusociety.org/ (Then Competitions)
The 2010 Results report and examples of past winning haiku,
and a haibun are also provided.