An International Kukai (Haiku Contest)


from Rita Odeh


The deadline for submissions is April 20, 2012.

Rita would be grateful if you could post/share information about this Haiku Contest.

I am glad to announce that on the first of April 2012, I will start an


(a haiku contest in which participants vote for their favorite haiku).
If you are interested in taking part in this monthly activity, please leave your name here.

What is a Kukai?

A kukai is a peer reviewed poetry contest. A topic is assigned by me/you , and all poets submit their poems on that topic to me. An anonymous list is then distributed to all participating poets and they are invited to vote. Votes are returned to me. I tally the votes and resend the poems to the participants, this time with names and points revealed.

Inquiries to Rita.

all the best,

Participating Poets:

Rita Odeh
Bill Kenney
Christine L. Villa
Gillena Cox
Vasile Moldovan
Oprica Padeanu


First Step: Call for Submissions

Poets are invited to submit THREE haiku/senryu using the
topic word: SPARROW.

Sparrow haiku found on the net:

early spring –
a fallen sparrow chirps
for it's mother

Carol Raisfeld‏

little sparrow
I regret nothing
flowers in the wind

Alan Summers
Publications credits: haijinx volume IV, issue 1 (2011)

the difference
a sparrow makes –
bare branches

Bill Kenney

winter solitude-
only a sparrow to share
my my meal

Rita Odeh

black tulips fade
a chattering of sparrows
in the apple tree

Rachel Green

sparrows fly above
the rusty barbwire

Rita Odeh, Simply Haiku(Summer 2007, vol 5 no 2)

a pine tree falls-
the sparrow's song
goes on

Rita Odeh, Daily Haiku(August 06, 2008)

Sparrow in the subway
unlikely to find a way out
from the ground

Evgeny Ivanov (Russia)

You may check this site for inspiration:
World Sparrow Day:

Send your haiku to:
Subject line: Haiku Submission_April

Don't forger to include your full name.
Haiku should not have been previously published.

The deadline for submissions is April 20, 2012.

Second Step: Call for Votes

On the 21st of April,2012 the Call for Votes will be posted by email to the participating poets . The "Call for Votes" will list all the HAIKU entries, numbered without the authors’ names.

Only poets who have submitted poems for the current month are eligible to participate in the voting.

Send your votes to:
Subject line: Voting_April

* Details on the voting process will be posted later.

Thank You for participating in the kukai this month.

All the best,


Third Step: The Results

Results will be announced and presented on Rita's blog Tuesday,May 1st, 2012










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