September / October 2010 "autumn wind" Kukai




Announcing  September / October  2010 "autumn wind" Kukai

The September / October 2010  Kukai theme is "autumn wind".  SeeThe Haiku Handbook, William J. Higginson, p. 277. Use the exact words "autumn wind"  in the haiku. No more than a total of three haiku may be submitted. Haiku submitted to the kukai should not be work shopped, appear on-line in forums, or in print.


Author, Country

"autumn wind" kukai

Submissions: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 – Thursday, October 21, 2010 Midnight.

Voting: Friday, October 22, 2010 - Saturday, October 29, 2010, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Sunday, October 31, 2010 Sketchbook 5-5 Results of the September / October 2010 "autumn wind" Kukai.

Letters to the Sketchbook editors and discussions on various forums indicate that some assumptions about a kukai must be spelled out. From now on (April 1, 2008), Haiku entered in the Sketchbook kukai must be  previously unpublished; they must not be workshopped; they must not appear on any list, forum, group, blog, or in print.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 voting in a kukai is anonymous and publication anywhere voids anonyminity. Any haiku found to be previously published will be disqualified.

A kukai is a peered review poetry contest. A haiku Topic is assigned by the editor. An 'anonymized' list of submitted haiku is then distributed to all participating poets and they are invited to vote. Votes are returned to the editor who tallies the votes and publishes the haiku for the participants, this time with names and points revealed.


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Hello Haiku Poet,

Below is the ballot for the Sketchbook July / August “coolness / heat” Kukai vote.

Please NOTE that the votes should be sent to:

CALL FOR Sketchbook July / August “coolness / heat” Kukai vote:
Voting: Sunday, August 22 - Saturday, August 28, 2010, Midnight.

1. All the entries are listed on the ballot by number.
2. Only submitting Kukai Poets are eligible to vote.
3. Email your votes to: When voting, please use the words coolness / heat” Kukai vote in the subject line of your e-mail.
4. Each poet has SIX (6) points to use for the kukai vote. Voters may distribute the points in increments of 1, 2, or 3. You may not cast more than 3 points for any single poem.
5. Please do not vote for your own poem(s). Any such votes will be disqualified.
6. Please use the following format to submit your votes (listing by numerical order, rather than order of preference, as the sample below):

Subject: “coolness / heat” Kukai vote

Each voter has 6 points:

     # 03 = 1 pt.
     # 11 = 2 pts.
     # 28 = 3 pts.

7. All votes will be compiled and the haiku will then be published in the Tuesday, August 31, 2010 Sketchbook with votes received; on the names of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, etc. place poets' names will be revealed.

Please indicate with your ballot one of these choices:

     Yes, reveal my name even if my haiku receive 0 votes
     No, remove my name if my haiku receive 0 votes

Poets who do not include one of the above statements will have their name published with each haiku.

The voting results will appear as per the following sample:

0 2 7 11 = ____ Place

Which means: No voter gave 3 points, 2 voters gave 2 points, 7 voters gave 1 point = for a total of 11 points.

CALL FOR Sketchbook July / August “coolness / heat” Kukai vote:
Voting: Sunday, August 22 - Saturday, August 28, 2010, Midnight.







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