Sketchbook SHH Contest 3 ~ Summer Kigo

Hello Sketchbook Haijin:

A note from Karina Klesko, Editor Announcing the Sketchbook, SHH Contest 3!

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

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 our thread is themed and our 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 they are 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 Haiku entered in the Showcase (SHH) must be previously unpublished; they must not be work shopped; they must not appear on any list, forum, group, blog, or in print.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, June, 2012 for the May / June, 30, 2012 issue. Any summer kigo referenced in an on-line sijiki or a print sijiki may be selected.

Send to:
Subject line: SHH Contest 3 and your name

Deadline: 20  June 2012

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

1) Summer Kigo: "clear waterfall"
kiyotaki: Astronomy: The Haiku Handbook. William J. Higginson, p. 272.

2) Summer Kigo: "
south wind"—minami: all summer:  The Heavens: The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words: on-line @


3) Summer Kigo: "Father's Day": Human Affairs: Yuki Teikei Haiku Society (San Jose) Kigo List with San Francisco Bay Area Regional Kigo, Summer Season. This is a printed, two-sided handout, distributed to members, and also online:

4) Summer Kigo: many listings-choose something specific and include a web link: 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 3 will be published in the May / June 30, 2012 issue of Sketchbook.

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

Thank you.

Karina Klesko, Sketchbook editor.


An additonal on line saiji reference borrowed from The SHIKI IE Haiku Salon (from Japan) quoted in the now defunt gocities list: can be located at this world kigo database resource: 


Kigo Resources used in SHH 2 Kukai ~ spring kigo


Dictionary of Haiku, A by Jane Reichold on-line:   

Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words, The on line:

Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku, The. William J.

     Higginson with Penny Harter. New York: Kodansha, p. 267.

Japanese Haiku: a topical dictionary. University of Virginia Library on-line:
Full entries:;

Romanian Saijiki
, in the World Kigo Database. Online at

Yuki Teikei Haiku Society (San Jose)
a printed, two-sided handout, distributed to

     members, as well as the San Francisco Bay Area Nature Guide and Saijiki edited by Anne M.

     Homan, Patrick Gallagher, Patricia J. Machmiller, San Jose: Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, 2010.

Yuki Teikei Haiku Society (San Jose) on-line:

World Kigo Database, The by Dr. Gabi Greve on-line:









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