THE RESULTS OF AN INTERNATIONAL HAIKU CONTEST ON THE THEME OF THE GOURDS 2020

THE RESULTS OF AN INTERNATIONAL HAIKU CONTEST ON THE THEME OF THE GOURDS 2020

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

This year we received 347 haiku from 31 countries as follows: Algeria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Phillipines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, UK, USA and Vietnam.

 

Congratulations to all authors!

 

FIRST PRIZE

 

Susan Burch, USA

this divorce                                        
gutting the pumpkin
seed by seed

 

TWO SECOND PRIZES (in no particular order)

 

Marie Derley, Belgium

blossoms of pumpkins
the wide open petals
of my kimono

 

Second place: Neal Whitman, USA

large and fleshy
both my favorite uncle
and my prize pumpkin

 

THREE THIRD PRIZES (in no particular order)

 

Debbie Strange, Canada

ghost pumpkins
winter arrives without
a sound

 

dl mattila, USA

tucka tucka
tee dee kitta, shoosh shoosh shoosh
the language of gourds

 

Arunachalashiva Ravisankar, India

dry cucurbit flask
a monk tries to take out
his rosary

 

 

TEN HONORABLE MENTIONS (in no particular order)

 

Elumach Frederic, Nigeria

a boy cut his hands
while dicing a pumpkin…
all red on white shirt

 

Julie Bloss Kelsey, USA

pumpkin seeds
roasted with salt, just a pinch
of my childhood

 

Ngo Binh Anh Khoa, Vietnam

Halloween
even pumpkins make faces
at our costumes

 

Isabel Caves, New Zealand

a spoonful
of fireplace
pumpkin soup

 

Dan Iulian, Romania

surrealist market –
among the gourds a child
with watercolors

 

Mihovila Čeperić-Biljan, Croatia

my raincoat pocket
the pumpkin seeds with the smell
of naphthalene

 

Carol Reynolds, Australia

waiting
for an artist’s brush
dried gourds

 

Marilyn Humbert, Australia

pickers campfire
pans of pumpkin seeds
popping

 

Benjamin Blaesi, Switzerland

between damp leaves
the song of the cricket
and melon flowers

 

Franjo Ordanić, Croatia

an afternoon coffee
the pumpkin seeds
on exchange

 

 

The contest was judged by Beate Conrad.

 

BIO: Motto: Live (mind)fully.  Travel light.  Experience the world with open eyes.  Nothing lasts forever.

 

Beate Conrad was born and raised in Northern Germany.  After living thirteen years abroad, she chose the city of Hildesheim, Germany, to become her new home in 2015.

She writes, paints, takes photographs, creates sculptures and her own music. She is especially interested in haiku as literary art and in its analysis.  Since 2005, she has been analyzing and writing modern poetry in the tradition of Japanese short form poetry.  Essays also appeared in Japan.  Her haiga have been awarded twice (2007 second prize, 2009 first prize) by the World Haiku Association, Japan.  In 2009, she won a Tokusen (Second Prize) of the 14. International Kusamakura Haiku Competition, an Honorable Mention in the Mainichi Haiku Contest 2010 and a 2nd prize, Best of Mainichi 2010.  Since 2012 Beate Conrad has been editor-in-chief for the international, bilingual haiku-magazine “Chrysanthemum”. 

 

Contact: haiku.chrysanthemum@gmail.com

www.chrysanthemum-haiku.net
submission to: 
haiku.chrysanthemum@gmail.com
Submission guidelines:
http://www.chrysanthemum-haiku.net/en/submission-guidelines.html

 

 

 

 

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