The Haiku Association Three Rivers
The Pumpkin Festival
The Tourist Board of Ivanić-Grad, Croatia

For all poets, all ages and nationalities

Deadline: May 31, 2022.

The theme: The Cucurbits ̶ gourd, pumpkin, squash, cucumber, melon, calabash, zuchini, melon, loofa … The Cucurbitaceae consist of 98 proposed genera with 975 species!

Adjucator: an’ya, USA

The contest is open to everyone worldwide and free of charge; all rights remain with the poets. Printable certificates will be emailed to winners and authors with honorable mentioned works.

Please send six original and unpublished haiku/senryu in English to the coordinator D. V. Rozic

e-mail: dvrozic@gmail.com SUBJECT: Pumpkin Haiku/Senryu Contest.

The results will be published at www.tri-rijeke-haiku.hr during October 2020, and in IRIS International haiku magazine No 8/2022. All winning authors will be advised by e-mail.

Haiku Association Three Rivers, Ivanić-Grad, Croatia

                                                                                                The President             

                                                                                                Stjepan Rožić



             Ivanić-Grad, March 1, 2022.        …

Judging Report – A Little Iris Haiku Contest, Croatia 2021

By Debbie Strange

Theme: Book and Reading

My thanks to Djurdja Rozic for inviting me to adjudicate this contest, and to the entrants who entrusted me with their work. Congratulations to the winners! It was an honour to read the entries for this challenge, and even if your haiku was not chosen, it does not mean it was without merit. Judging choices are subjective, so please don’t be discouraged from submitting your poems elsewhere. You just might be the next winner!

I keep the following quote in mind when I submit my own work for consideration:

“What has praise and fame to do with poetry?” —Virginia Woolf

I think we writers have an ingrained love of reading that has likely been present since our childhoods. Who cannot remember the pleasure of learning to read their first book, the delight in practicing their first letters, or the joy in penning their first poem? Literacy gives us access to all the knowledge this world has to offer, and it is a privilege not to be squandered. We all understand that words have the power to hurt or to heal, and they must be wielded with care.

Themed contests present unique opportunities for writers to venture beyond straightforward interpretations of the subject matter. Thinking outside the box is vital in order to lift one’s haiku out of the ordinary realm, into the extraordinary. The competition is fierce when all of the contestants are on the same page, so to speak!


First Place: Taylor Jo Kelly, United Kingdom

dark forest
a young girl lost
in chapter two

I was drawn to this haiku from the first reading. A cinematic natural scene is set in the first line, or so we might think. The second line seems to reinforce the idea of a young girl’s misadventure. In the final line, we are treated to a charming surprise, and a feeling of joy. How wondrous that feeling of being “lost” in a book! I commend the multiple uses of ambiguity in this poem. Is the girl reading her book in an actual forest, or is it simply the chapter’s backdrop? Pivot lines in haiku are intriguing and rather rare, and the adept use of the zoom-in technique lifted this finely crafted poem into “something other” for me.


Second Place: Alan Peat, United Kingdom

drifting …

IRIS International
Internetski časopis za haiku poeziju i srodne izričaje
Udruge „Tri rijeke“ HPOI, Ivanić-Grad
Web magazine for haiku and related genres of the
Haiku Association “Three Rivers“, Ivanić-Grad, Croatia
Izlazi jednom godišnje / Published once a year, Godište 7, svezak 7, 2021. /
Year 7th, No. 7, 2021
Izdavač: Udruga „Tri rijeke“ HPOI, Ivanić-Grad
Published by the Haiku Association „Three Rivers“, Ivanić-Grad, Croatia
Urednički savjet / Editorial advisors: Stjepan Rožić, Antun Mikleš, Jasminka
Uredništvo / Editorial Board: Miroslav Vurdelja, Nina Kovačić, Dejan Pavlinović,
Mihovila Čeperić-Biljan, Goran Gatalica, Sanela Pliško
Glavna i odgovorna urednica / Editor-in-chief: Đurđa Vukelić Rožić
Lektura hrvatskoga teksta / Croatian sub-editing: Ružica Marušić-Vasilić
Korektura i lektura / Correctons: Ivana Cerinski
Lektura prijevoda na engleski jezik / English sub-editing: Elizabeth Harrison-Paj
Fotografija na naslovnici / Photo on the cover: Sanja Srbljinović-Čuček
Adresa uredništva / Editorial address: Kolodvorska 44, 10310 Ivanić-Grad
Tel./Phone: +385 (1) 2882 716, E-mail: dvrozic@gmail.com
Grafička priprema / Prepress: Antun Mikleš
ISSN 1849-8639

Our goal is to present haiku and the Japanese culture to the Croatian readers and
introduce Croatian haiku to the world. If not submitted in English, only haiku
will be translated by the editorial team while other texts optionally. IRIS does not
pay any fee for any form of cooperation. Submissions will not be returned to the
authors. IRIS and IRIS International are sponsored by the City of Ivanić-Grad and
the Zagreb County. Views, thoughts and opinions expressed in the articles, columns
and commentaries herein are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily
reflect the opinion of the Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board and/or the Publisher.
Copyright Iris International Haiku Magazine, 2021. All rights revert to the authors
upon publication.…

Every week we present one haiga by a Croatian author/authors. You are welcome to send three of your unpublished photo-haiga, size 2000 pixels on the longer side of your photograph to the Editor: dvrozic@gmail.com

On your haiga please note the name of the author/authors. Please write the Haiku in Croatian and in your e-mail message you may give the Editor its version in English. Also, in several sentences please let us know how this particular haiga was created.

About haiga

A photo-haiga consists of two art forms, haiku and a photograph. It is important for your haiku not to describe the photograph, nor should it create any misunderstanding. Haiku and the photograph should complement each other and depict an atmosphere of sincerity, buoyancy and depth, creating a piece of art which is more valuable than each separate expression. You need to explore reality and move away from the expected poetical clichés. Be original.

In the spirit of sume-e painting, let your haiku and photography be free of any redundancy. Empty space is important. Explore and take several photographs of the item of your interest until you achieve something especially good. Let your choice of photograph speak of poetry. Take care about choosing the font with which you will write the haiku concerning your photograph. Try several different fonts until you have no obtrusive connection of the letters (shape, colour and size) with the photograph and mood of your art work.

In your haiku do not be a slave to the form of 5-7-5 syllables at the expense of the literary quality of the poem, avoid adjectives. Remember, kigo impersonates the transience of everything and denotes constant changes of everything alive. Only one kigo is allowed in your haiku. Be short and clear, use simple words understandable to each average educated reader. Unfamiliar words may be wrongly interpreted and draw the attention away from such a short poem. While your reader looks up a word in a dictionary, your haiku has lost his/her attention. Remember, haiku is complementary with our rushed, everyday lives. It is clear and short and may be read on sight. It of course hides a story to be thought about.

Try to connect your poem with the photograph in the best possible way. Create several haiga and edit them until you attain the best results. Take care about the main postulates in fine arts. Lay …