The Third Japan-Russia Haiku Contest
(Guidelines for Submission)
April 30, 2014
Akita International Haiku Association
In May, 2012, the Akita International Haiku Network launched the first Japan –
Russia Haiku Contest as one of the links with the cultural exchange between Japan and Russia, wishing to provide an opportunity to mutually share haiku related to the theme of “the sea” (The Sea of Japan) which connects Japan and Russia.
The organizer hoped that the contest would serve as an opportunity to deepen mutual understanding among people, to promote the interaction of people’s views on Japan and Russia, as well as to convey the enjoyment of writing and reading haiku. The organizer also hoped that it would serve as an opportunity to strengthen and develop the sister city relationship between Akita and Vladiovostok, as well as to promote and increase cultural exchanges between Akita Prefecture and Primorsky Region.
428 haiku were submitted to the contest from students and haiku lovers in Japan as well as in Russia.
The contest ended in a great success. Comments have been given on the contest. Some of them say that it should be held every year. And others say that all haiku lovers in the world should be given a chance to join such a global haiku contest.
In May, 2013, we held the second Japan-Russia Haiku Contest with the Akita International Haiku Network, providing three language sections for haiku submission: the Japanese section, the Russian section, and the English section.
304 haiku were submitted for the Japanese haiku section from Japan, Russian Federation, Romania, and Ukraine. 62 haiku were for the Russian haiku section from Russian Federation, Japan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Lithuania and Serbia. 258 haiku were submitted for the English haiku section from 37 nations in the world.
In May, 2014, we hold the third Japan-Russia Haiku Contest in celebration of the 29th National Cultural Festival in Akita 2014 .
We sincerely hope that you will submit your haiku according to the guidelines below.
Organizers: Akita International Haiku Association,
The Agency for Cultural Affairs,
The Akita Prefectural Executive Committee
of the 29th National Cultural Festival
Sponsors: JAL Foundation,
The Akita Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
The Akita Sakigake Shimpo,
Akita Branch of Ten’i (Providence) Haiku Group,
Akita International Haiku Network
Akita International University, Haiku International Association,
Akita Prefectural Board of Education,
The Akita Prefectural Senior High School Cultural Federation,
Akita International Association, Akita City, Akita City Board of Education,
Akita Chuo Printing Co., Ltd., The International University of Kagoshima,
The Asahi Shimbun, The Yomiuri Shimbun Akita Bureau,
NHK Akita broadcasting station, Akita Broadcasting System (ABS),
FM Akita (AFM), Japan Culture Club at Japan Center in Vladivostok,
Primorsky Region, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok City,
Yosano Akiko Memorial Literary Society
Eligibility: The contest is open to the public of any nationality in the world
Entry: Only one haiku is allowed to be submitted per haiku poet.
Original, previously unpublished haiku should be submitted according to the entry form.
There are three sections of Japanese haiku, Russian haiku, and English haiku.
One of the languages has to be chosen from among Japanese, Russian, and English
in composing and submitting haiku.
Japanese Haiku Section:
Please download the entry form below in Japanese and submit it by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Japanese Section (日本語部門) (Word file)
Russian Haiku Section:
Please download the entry form below in Russian and submit it by email to:
Russian Section (ロシア語部門) (Word file)
English Haiku Section:
Please download the entry form below in English and submit it by email to: email@example.com
English Section (英語部門) (Word file)
Submission period: Thursday May 1, 2014 – Monday June 30, 2014
Deadline: Monday June 30, 2014
Japanese Haiku Section: Shoji Muto, Seiji Tateoka, Jin Wada,
Kunio Teshima, Kazuhiro Kudo,
Okiaki Ishida, Yoshitomo Igarashi,
Kyoko Uchimura, Reina Yano
Russian Haiku Section: Alexander Dolin, Suleymenova Aida
English Haiku Section: Fay Aoyagi
Three winners of each haiku section will be notified by email at the end of August, 2014 and announced on the website of Akita
International Haiku Network (https://akitahaiku.com/) on October 25, 2014. Winner’s haiku and haiku of honorable mention are
also posted with translations of the two other languages on the website.
Akita Prefectural Governor Award ispresented to the best haiku in the Japanese section.
AIH President Award ispresented to the best haiku in the Russian section by Akita International Haiku Association.
AIU President Award ispresented to the best haiku in the English section by Akita International University.
These three winners above mentioned are presented a round-trip airplane ticket between Haneda Airport and Akita Airport, but they will have to use them within the stated periods.
JAL Foundation Award,
the Akita Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Award,
the Akita Sakigake Shimpo President Award,
Akita Branch of Ten’i (Providence) Haiku Group Chairman Award,
Akita International University President Award,
Akita International Haiku Network Chief Director Award
are also presented to one of the honorable mentions in each section by the sponsors above mentioned.
Each winner is presented with the certificate and prize.
Contact: Akita International Haiku Association (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please inquire by e-mail only.