The results pf the 3rd haiku contest on theme Gourds

This year we received 681 haiku by 281 authors  from 34 countries:

Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, New Zealand, N. Ireland, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Sweden, Trinidad, Tunisia,  UK, Ukraine, USA, and Zimbabwe.



The Judge was Tomislav Maretić and Đ.V.Rožić. They decided on first prize, two second prizes, three third prizes and eighteen Honorable Mentions.

The 12th Pumpkin Festival will be held on October 15-16, 2016  and after that we will send the diplomas and the joint collection to the authors.  Many thanks to all poets who took part in the contest and congratulations to all poets with awarded poems.  Please join us next year, the deadline moved to JUNE 30, 2017.



First Prize

silent laughter
at the farmers’ market
carved pumpkins

Ernest J. Berry, New Zealand


Second  Prizes

giving voice
to the jack o’lantern
a cricket’s song

Julie Warther, USA


tropical rain . . .
spitting out pumpkin seeds
temple monkeys

Samantha Sirimanne Hyde, Australia


Third Prizes

I turn off the light
Jack-o-lantern’s smile
fades away

Rosa Clement, Brazil


pumpkin field
when summer love
comes to an end

Cristian Dexter


october rain
the pumpkin’s painted face

Cherese R. Cobb 


(In no particular order)


hiding behind
the biggest pumpkin
the smallest child

Ann Magyar, USA
all pumpkins in the field
glowing in the moonlight
only one in the water

Dimitrij Škrk, Slovenia

late afternoon–
the colors of pumpkins
on Canson paper

Van Zimerman, Brazil


former minefield –
the pumpkins
cover the holes

Capotă Daniela Lăcrămioara, Romania


pumpkin head
the crow not frightened

Adjei Agyei-Baah, Ghana


old castle–
the tourists take pictures
of a pumpkin blossom

Radka Mindova, Bulgaria


never again
making a pumpkin pie …
my mother

Saša Važić, Serbia


things we don’t know
about each other…
faceless pumpkins

Meik Blöttenberger, USA


in each lamp
the same ghost’s face …
pumpkin night

Ramesh Anand, India


a dry gourd
on each twitch of a fish
dancing with the hook

Dubravka Borić, Croatia


picnic in the field
on a cracked pumpkin
a bird festa

Zlata Bogović, Croatia


tribal dance —
the soft rattle
of painted gourds

Carole Macrury, USA


autumn dusk…
the orange lights
of a pumpkin

Ali Znaidi, Tunisia


autumn sunset
fire in the eyes
of the jack-o’-lantern

Lyudmila Hristova, Bulgaria


rotten pumpkin
the darkness
of that longing eyes

Ken Sawitri, Indonesia


on a harvested field
a scarecrow waves farewell
to his pumpkins

Dejan Pavlinović, Croatia


tangerine sky
a farmer compares colors
on the pumpkin field

Maria Tomczak, Poland


gourd harvest—
some bitterness left
in her words

Carl Seguiban B.C., Canada




In Haiku/Senryu section the judges decided on first, second, three third prizes and eleven Honorable Mentions.
First Prize

guessing weight
he lifts his boy then
the giant pumpkin

John Tiong Chung Hoo,  Malaysia


Second Prize

how his jagged smile widens
when he sees me

Tracy Davidson, United Kingdom


Third Prizes

in the truck
with the seatbelt buckled
my prize pumpkin

Marilyn Appl Walker, USA


a slice of pumpkin–
at the mouths of piggies
orange lipstick

Belinda Belovari, Serbia


from his pumpkin
he savors the skull and eyes
cooked in the jam pot

Marie Derley, Belgium


(In no particular order)


Halloween evening-
toothless grandma
chews pumpkin soup

Andrius Luneckas, Lithuania


pumpkin coach
wheels come off
still able to roll

Scott Thouard, Australia


no school today –
instead of the globe
a pumpkin

Capotă Daniela Lăcrămioara, Romania


the fat man bends over
to pick his pumpkin

Quendryth Young, Australia


pumpkin harvest
the children’s new puppy
chooses one to bark at

Sheila K. Barksdale, USA


after love
on the pumpkin’s face
a happy grin

Cezar Florin Ciobica, Romania


pumpkin’s lament
no body no head
only this silly grin

Reshida Coba, USA


worms on the pumpkin–
are they carving it
to make a Jack-o’-lantern?

Leonardo Lazzari, Italia


carved pumpkins
each face in my hometown

Lorin Ford, Australia


she walks, hiding a pumpkin
under her dress

Raj K. Bose, USA


bone tired
carving pumpkins
skeletons arriving

Christina Sng, Singapore